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Helewka Grabs Hat Trick in Monsters 8-3 Win over Crunch

December 8, 2021 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Cleveland Monsters News Release

SYRACUSE, NY - The Cleveland Monsters beat the Syracuse Crunch 8-3 on Wednesday night at Upstate Medical University Arena. With the win, the Monsters are now 10-6-2-3 and are currently in third place in the AHL's North Division standings.

The Monsters offense came out strong for the first period starting with a goal from Trey Fix-Wolansky at 9:01 off assists from Tim Berni and Billy Sweezey. Cole Fonstad added to the lead at 11:59 on the man advantage with feeds from Liam Foudy and Kevin Stenlund followed by a tally from Adam Helewka at 13:46 assisted by Fix-Wolansky pushing Cleveland ahead. Sweezey grabbed a marker at 16:24 with helpers from Helewka and Fonstad giving the Monsters a 4-0 lead heading into the first intermission. Justin Scott added an unassisted goal at 4:39 of the middle frame, but the Crunch scored three power-play markers from Charles Hudon at 9:18 and 14:13 as well as Antoine Morand at 14:49 tightening the Monsters lead to 5-3 after 40 minutes. Cleveland secured the win in the final frame beginning with a power-play tally from Josh Dunne at 6:10 assisted by Fonstad and Stenlund followed by a marker from Helewka at 12:58 with helpers from Brendan Gaunce and Cole Clayton. Helewka completed his hat trick with a goal at 18:57 off feeds from Clayton and Berni securing the 8-3 win for the Monsters.

Cleveland's Jean-Francois Berube made 32 stops for the victory while Syracuse's Amir Miftajhov stopped 3 shots in relief of starting goaltender Max Lagace who made 5 saves in defeat.

The Monsters continue the road trip with a visit to take on the Utica Comets on Friday, December 10, for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop at Adirondack Bank Center. Follow the games with full coverage on FOX Sports 1350 AM 'The Gambler', AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final

CLE 4 1 3 - - 8

SYR 0 3 0 - - 3

Shots/Special Teams:


CLE 16 2/4 4/7 24 min / 8 inf

SYR 35 3/7 2/4 10 min / 5 inf


Goaltender Outcome Saves GA Record

CLE Berube W 32 3 4-3-3

SYR Lagace L 5 5 1-3-0

SYR Miftakhov ND 3 3 3-3-2

Cleveland Record: 10-6-2-3, 3rd North Division

Syracuse Record: 6-9-2-1, 7th North Division

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