Monsters Upended by Griffins, 6-3
Dalpe, Motte, Siebenaler score for Cleveland, Zatkoff stops 19 in matinee loss at home.
The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, were defeated by the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday at The Q by a final score of 6-3. With the loss, the Monsters fell to 14-24-4-3 overall this season and with a .389 points percentage, remain alone in seventh place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.
Grand Rapids grabbed a 1-0 lead when Robbie Russo posted an even-strength marker at 6:16 of the opening period before Cleveland’s Zac Dalpe leveled the score at one with a power-play strike, assisted by Carter Camper and Nathan Gerbe at 16:19 of the first. Camper’s assist was the 300th point of his distinguished AHL career.
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In the middle stanza, the Griffins posted back-to-back even-strength goals, from Turner Elson at 4:47 and Eric Tangradi at 7:10 respectively, to claim a 3-1 edge before the Monsters drew within a goal following a Tyler Motte power-play marker at 9:44, thanks to assists from Jordan Schroeder and Sam Vigneault. The Griffins hit back with two more unanswered strikes at five-on-five to claim a 5-2 lead through two periods courtesy of a Matt Puempel finish at 12:08 and a Ben Street score at 14:37.
In the third, Blake Siebenaler connected for Cleveland at 6:06 thanks to even-strength assists from Cameron Gaunce and Camper, but the Griffins capped a 6-3 win with an extra-man Tangradi goal at 15:49 of the final frame. Monsters net-minder Jeff Zatkoff fell to 1-2-1 in net this season despite making 19 saves on 25 shots faced while Grand Rapids’ goaltender Jared Coreau improved to 17-10-3 by virtue of a 25-save performance.
Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday home clash vs. the Manitoba Moose with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.
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