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Monsters Break Road Losing Streak, Top Milwaukee 4-0

MILWAUKEE – In the fourth of eight meetings between the two teams this season, Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters snapped an eight-game road losing streak, the longest streak of its kind in the AHL this year, with a 4-0 win over the first-place Milwaukee Admirals on Tuesday at Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Bradley Center.

With the win, the Monsters improved to 18-12-2-2 overall this season and with a .588 points percentage, remain alone in fifth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

After a scoreless first period, the Monsters claimed a 2-0 lead in the middle frame thanks to a shorthanded Manny Malhotra goal at 7:46, assisted by Michael Chaput, and an even-strength Michael Paliotta tally, set up by Kerby Rychel and Chaput at 14:51.

In the third, Rychel and Chaput combined again to assist Dillon Heatherington in posting his second marker of the season at 7:12, making it 3-0 Monsters.

Chaput capped a four-point night with an empty-net score at 18:24, assisted by Paliotta, to establish Lake Erie’s 4-0 margin of victory in their first win of the season vs. Milwaukee and their first win outside Cleveland since November 21st.

Pressed into a starting role due to Monday’s recall of Joonas Korpisalo by the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, Lake Erie goaltender Brad Thiessen improved to 1-0-0 this season in his third appearance of the year by virtue of a 19-save shutout. Meanwhile, Jusse Saros made 19 saves in defeat for the Admirals.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Saturday road clash vs. the Grand Rapids Griffins with full coverage, live from Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI, underway at 7:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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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