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Monsters Top Wild in Shootout 3-2

DES MOINES, IA – After allowing a tying goal late in the third, Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters battled through a grueling overtime period to defeat the Iowa Wild in a shootout on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA by a 3-2 final score.

With the win, the Monsters improved to 5-2-0-2 overall this season and with 12 points and a .667 points percentage, remain alone in third place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

In his first appearance for Iowa this season, Grayson Downing started the scoring at 3:58 of the opening period, but the Monsters battled back to tie the game at one on a Michael Paliotta power-play goal at 17:41 of the first, assisted by Alex Broadhurst and Daniel Zaar. Broadhurst then combined with Ryan Craig to set up the middle frame’s lone score, a Michael Chaput power-play marker at 12:35 that gave Lake Erie their first lead.

After a hard-fought third period slid by mostly scoreless, Iowa’s Kellan Lain tied the game at two at 15:57, and after a goalless overtime frame, the Monsters and Wild headed for a three-round shootout for the second time this season. Lake Erie’s Sonny Milano provided a first round conversion for the Monsters that proved, after three straight stops from Monsters goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, to be the decisive tally in a 3-2 Lake Erie win.

Thanks to a 35-save performance in regulation, Korpisalo improved to 2-0-2 this season for the Monsters while Wild backstop Leland Irving took the shootout loss despite 33 stops.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Sunday afternoon rematch vs. the Wild with live coverage underway from Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines at 4 pm on ESPN 850 WKNR 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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