CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cleveland Monsters continued their homestand against the Iowa Wild on Friday night, looking to string together their fourth straight win.
The Monsters got off to a great start in the first frame despite being outshot 12-9. T.J.Tynan would score his ninth marker of the season when he fired a shot from the left side of Steve Michalek that found the back of the net at the 12:35 mark. Tynan’s power play came on a 5-on-3 advantage when Ryan Carter (Holding) and Mike Reilly (Delay of Game) were in the sin bin for Iowa. Cleveland would head into the break up 1-0 after what was a very methodical frame by the Monsters.
The middle stanza is where the Monsters would open the game up. Nick Moutrey scored the second Cleveland goal at the 2:53 mark, as he furiously jammed in the rebound attempt following an initial Cleveland shot from the blue line. Dean Kukan was next up for the Cleveland scoring party, as his goal at the 3:41 mark led to Michalek being relieved of his duties for Alex Stalock. Kukan fired a slapshot from above the right faceoff circle that zipped past Michalek to end the goaltender’s night. Moutrey would get one more on the board for Cleveland, this time through Stalock’s five-hole at the 16:59 mark. Cleveland would take the 4-0 lead into the locker room.
Joe Pendenza’s unassisted goal at the 7:50 mark would all but seal the deal. Anton Forsberg would save 51 of 52 shots sent his way. The Monsters would win 5-1 and win their fourth consecutive game.
The Monsters will play Sunday against Iowa in another important game.