Monsters Upended by Moose

WINNIPEG, MB – The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, were defeated by the Manitoba Moose on Sunday at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, MB, by a final score of 4-1. With the loss, the Monsters fell to 1-2-0-0 this season and with a .333 points percentage, currently sit alone in sixth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

For the second consecutive game, the Moose held a 1-0 lead on Cleveland through one period of play as Manitoba’s Jansen Harkins potted an even-strength breakaway at 4:01 for the opening frame’s lone tally. In the middle stanza, an unassisted, even-strength goal by Cleveland’s John Mitchell at 9:57 tied the game at one, but the Moose re-claimed the edge at 2-1, thanks to a power-play finish from Kyle Connor at 15:20 that proved to be Sunday’s game-winning marker.

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The third period saw an extra-man Brendan Lemieux score extended the Manitoba advantage to 3-1 just 46 seconds into the frame, and after Lemieux added an empty-netter at 18:00, the Moose prevailed by a final of 4-1. Cleveland net-minder Matiss Kivlenieks fell to 0-1-0 in net after supplying 31 saves in his first professional appearance, while Manitoba goaltender Eric Comrie improved to 1-1-0 on the season by virtue of a 28-save performance.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Saturday home clash vs. the San Jose Barracuda with full coverage of the first meeting between these two teams in Monsters franchise history, live from The Q, underway at 1:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

Full and partial season ticket memberships are on sale now and provide you with the best seat locations, custom member benefits and the lowest ticket prices starting at only $10 per game. Group outing and birthday bash packages for 10 or more people are also on sale now. All tickets can be purchased by visiting ClevelandMonsters.com, calling (216) 420-0000, visiting The Q Box Office or any Northern Ohio Discount Drug Mart. Be sure to follow the Monsters on Twitter @monstershockey, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/monstershockey, and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/monstershockey.