Monsters Battle with Crunch Ends in 6-3 Loss
CLEVELAND - The AHL's Cleveland Monsters stumbled against the Syracuse Crunch with a 6-3 loss on Saturday night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. With the loss, the Monsters are now 2-2-0-0 and are currently tied for third place in the AHL's North Division standings with four points.
Syracuse's Nolan Valleau opened the scoring 4:26 into the first period, but Cleveland's Kole Sherwood responded with a marker of his own at the 6:18 mark off assists from Ryan Collins and Ryan MacInnis. Stefan Matteau doubled the lead with his first goal as a Monster at 9:11 with Justin Scott and Gabriel Carlsson collecting the helpers. The Crunch reclaimed the lead making it 3-2 to end the opening frame with goals from Dennis Yan at 11:31 and Danick Martel at 14:53.
Syracuse capitalized on a five-on-three power-play opportunity at 4:12 of the second period off Peter Abbandonato's tally. Sherwood scored his second goal of the night for Cleveland at 9:27 with Calvin Thurkauf picking up the lone assist, but Syracuse's Alex Barre-Boulet recorded a tally at 17:08 to make it 5-3.
Syracuse brought the final score to 6-3 following Otto Somppi's marker at 8:37 of the third period. Cleveland's Veini Vehvilainen stopped 31 saves in defeat while Syracuse's Louis Domingue made 30 saves to earn the win.
The Monsters are on the road next Friday night with a 7:05 p.m. faceoff against the Rochester Americans. Follow the games with full coverage on ALT 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.
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Cleveland Monsters center Justin Scott vs. the Syracuse Crunch
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