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Monsters Top Rochester Americans 5-2 to Sit Alone in Third Place in the Central Division

CLEVELAND – In the second of four meetings between the two teams this season, the Lake Erie Monsters defeated the Rochester Americans on Thursday at The Q by a final score of 5-2. With the win, the Monsters improved to 28-17-5-4 overall this season and with a .602 points percentage, currently rank alone in third place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

The Monsters posted the opening frame’s lone score on Thursday, a center-point power-play strike from John Ramage at 8:39 that made it 1-0 Lake Erie, with Oliver Bjorkstrand and T.J. Tynan collecting assists on the play.

In the middle frame, Lake Erie’s Daniel Zaar made it 2-0 with an even-strength one-time finish at 1:48, set up by Alex Broadhurst and Michael Chaput.

The Monsters added a power-play marker from Broadhurst at 8:31 of the second to make it 3-0 with Chaput and Steve Eminger registering assists on the play. Rochester got on the board at 14:18 thanks to an even-strength Jerry D’Amigo goal, but Lake Erie’s Sonny Milano pushed his team’s advantage to 4-1 with an impressive even-strength backhand finish at 17:18 on feeds from Manny Malhotra and Monsters net-minder Anton Forsberg.

In the third, D’Amigo struck again for Rochester at 14:30 to make it 4-2, but at 17:03, Lukas Sedlak found Josh Anderson in the neutral zone and the Lake Erie winger slugged a long-distance wrist shot into an empty Amerks net to cap the scoring at 5-2 Monsters.

Forsberg improved to 14-8-3 in net for Lake Erie by virtue of a 25-save performance while the reigning CCM/AHL Player of the Week, Linus Ullmark, took the loss for Rochester after stopping 25 of the 29 Monsters pucks he faced.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday home clash vs. the Rockford IceHogs with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm.

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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