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Monsters Fall in Grand Rapids 4-1

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In the fourth of 12 meetings between the two teams this season, Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters outshot the Grand Rapids Griffins 42-17 on Saturday at Van Andel Arena, but were defeated by a final score of 4-1.

With the loss, the Monsters fell to 13-6-1-2 overall this season and with a .659 points percentage, currently sit alone in third place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

The Griffins claimed a 1-0 lead early in the first period on Saturday as Andreas Athanasiou tapped home his sixth goal of the season at 5:03 on a breakaway pass from Anthony Mantha.

In the middle frame, Grand Rapids extended their lead to 2-0 when Eric Tangradi redirected an Xavier Ouellet point shot for his eighth tally of the season at 1:14.

The Monsters cut the Griffins’ lead to 2-1 when Dean Kukan wired home his third marker of the year at 8:16, an unassisted even-strength tally that beat Grand Rapids net-minder Tom McCollum high to the stick side.

Tangradi added a breakaway score at 14:58 and an empty-net goal at 19:44 to notch a hat trick and deliver the Griffins a 4-1 victory and the team’s eighth consecutive win.

McCollum earned the victory in net for Grand Rapids thanks to a 41-save performance while Lake Erie’s Joonas Korpisalo made 13 saves in defeat for the Monsters.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday clash vs. the Chicago Wolves with full coverage underway from The Q at 7:00 pm on SportsTime Ohio and ESPN 850 WKNR.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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