The Cleveland Monsters fell to the Rockford IceHogs 3-2 on Tuesday night at BMO Harris Bank Center. With the loss, the Monsters are now 1-3-1-0 and are currently in tied for fifth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.
Following a scoreless first period, Tyler Sikura notched his first goal with the Monsters on a power-play opportunity at 6:26 of the middle frame off helpers from Nathan Gerbe and Dillon Simpson.
Rockford’s Evan Barratt tied the game at 15:52 sending the teams to the final intermission searching for the win. Cleveland’s Evan Polei broke the tie at 12:27 with his first marker of the year assisted by Justin Scott, but Rockford put away a pair of goals to close out the third period at 16:37 from Andrei Altybarmakyan and 18:27 from Isaak Phillips to secure the 3-2 win.
Cleveland’s Veini Vehvilainen made 21 saves in defeat while Rockford’s Cale Morris stopped 35 shots in victory.
The Monsters welcome the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday, February 27, for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Follow the games with full coverage on FOX Sports 1350AM ‘The Gambler’, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.
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