Monsters Upended by Wolves, 6-2
Abramov and Robinson score, Berube stops 21 pucks in road defeat
The Cleveland Monsters, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, were defeated by the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday afternoon at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. by a final score of 6-2. With the loss, the Monsters dropped to 5-3-0-0 overall this season and with a .625 points percentage, remain alone in second place in the AHL’s North Division standings.
Chicago jumped in front early thanks to a pair of even-strength, first-period goals from Gage Quinney at :34 and Brooks Macek at 3:34, giving the Wolves a quick 2-0 lead. Cleveland’s Vitaly Abramov got the Monsters on the board shortly after with an even-strength, unassisted marker of his own at 4:12 of the opening frame, cutting the Chicago lead to 2-1.
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In the middle stanza, Macek picked up his second tally of the day, this time a power-play goal at 5:36 on feeds from Stefan Matteau and former Monster T.J. Tynan, to extend the Chicago lead to 3-1. The Monsters quickly answered, as Eric Robinson delivered a wrap-around goal from behind the net at 6:42 to beat Wolves goaltender Max Lagace, trimming the Chicago lead to 3-2. Moments later, Tynan once again pushed the Wolves lead back to two, delivering an even-strength goal at 8:01, set-up by Brandon Pirri, as the Wolves built a 4-2 advantage entering the second intermission.
Heading into the final frame Quinney picked up his second tally of the game, an even-strength goal at 2:47 courtesy of Zac Leslie and Macek to give Chicago a 5-2 lead. The Wolves closed the scoring at 16:35 of the period when Quinney picked up his third goal of the game on an assist from Macek, sealing a 6-2 victory for Chicago.
Cleveland goaltender Jean-Francois Berube stopped 21 of 26 pucks faced to fall to 3-3-0 on the season, while Wolves backstop Lagace improved to 3-1-0 by virtue of a 24-save performance.
Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday road clash vs. the Milwaukee Admirals with full coverage, live from UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, WI, underway at 8:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.
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