Provided by the Monsters
The Cleveland Monsters were defeated by the Rochester Americans on Friday night at Blue Cross Arena in the first edition of the ‘Great Lakes Rivalry Series’ by a final score of 3-1.
With the loss, the Monsters drop to 13-10-3-0 overall this season and with 29 points, currently sit alone in fourth place in the AHL’s North Division standings.
After a scoreless first period it was Rochester who struck first, getting an even-strength tally from Alexander Nylander at 2:29 of the middle frame to give the Amerks a 1-0 lead.
In the third period, Rochester increased their lead to 2-0 when Brandon Hickey netted a five-on-five marker at 17:09, before Danny O’Regan potted home an empty-net score at 17:33 to give the home team a 3-0 advantage.
The Monsters capped the scoring moments later by netting their first goal of the night at 18:49 courtesy of a power-play goal from Adam Clendening on feeds from Nathan Gerbe and Sonny Milano, securing a 3-1 home win for the Amerks.
Monsters goaltender Jean-Francois Berube stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced to drop to 9-8-2 on the season, while Rochester backstop Scott Wedgewood stopped 42 of the 43 pucks he faced to improve to 8-4-1 on the year.
Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Saturday home rematch versus the Amerks with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm.