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Monsters Win Streak Stopped; Fall to IceHogs 3-1 in Rockford

ROCKFORD, IL – In front of a sold-out crowd at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, IL, Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters were defeated by the Rockford IceHogs on Sunday by a final score of 3-1. With the loss, the Monsters fell to 10-4-0-2 overall this season and with a 68.8% points percentage, sit alone in 3rd place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

After a tight-checking opening period, the IceHogs claimed a 1-0 lead late in the first when Dane Walters poked home a point-blank backhander at 16:55.

After a scoreless middle frame, Rockford extended their lead to 2-0 with a shorthanded Jake Dowell goal at 8:49 of the third before the Monsters drew within a goal at 8:49 of the final period when Derek DeBlois poked home his second goal in as many games, an even-strength marker assisted by Jaime Sifers that made it 2-1.

A Ryan Hartman empty-netter sealed the deal for Rockford at 18:54 to establish the ‘Hogs final margin of victory at 3-1.

Lake Erie starter Joonas Korpisalo took the loss in net, falling to 4-2-2 overall this season despite a 28-save performance while veteran IceHogs net-minder Michael Leighton claimed victory after supplying Rockford with 28 stops.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Wednesday clash vs. the Manitoba Moose with full coverage underway at 7:00 pm from The Q 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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