Monsters Upended by Americans, 4-2

Bittner, Cross post goals, Berube stops 29 in sixth of eight meetings vs. Rochester this season

The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters were defeated by the Rochester Americans on Wednesday at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY by a final score of 4-2. With the loss, the Monsters are now 24-23-6-1 overall this season and with 55 points, remain alone in sixth place in the AHL’s North Division standings.

The Amerks grabbed a 1-0 lead on Wednesday when Zach Redmond wired home a five-on-five wrister at 2:45 of the opening frame before Paul Bittner equalized for Cleveland at 18:17 of the first with a power-play strike made possible by feeds from Mark Letestu and Dan DeSalvo.

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In the second, the Monsters pulled ahead at 17:29 when Tommy Cross buried an extra-man chance with Letestu and DeSalvo providing the setup, but Rochester tied the game at two at 18:18 with a power-play marker of their own, courtesy of Danny O’Regan.

The final stanza saw Rochester post back-to-back goals, an even-strength score from Taylor Leier at 6:15 and an empty-net finish from Wayne Simpson at 18:23, to emerge victorious by a final score of 4-2. Monsters goaltender Jean-Francois Berube stopped 29 of the 33 shots he faced to fall to 16-16-5 this season while Rochester’s Scott Wedgewood improved to 19-9-2 this year by virtue of a 29-save performance.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday home clash vs. the Milwaukee Admirals with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.