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Monsters Come up Short in 5-3 Loss to Penguins

December 8, 2023 - American Hockey League (AHL)
Cleveland Monsters News Release


WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Cleveland Monsters fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5-3 on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. With the loss, the Monsters are now 14-6-1-0 and are currently in first place in the AHL's North Division standings.

Roman Ahcan scored the Monsters first shorthanded goal of the season at 2:09 of the opening period assisted by Corson Ceulemans to put Cleveland ahead 1-0 after 20 minutes. The Pengiuins added two markers in the middle frame from Ty Smith at 6:16 and Raivis Ansons 9:31 sending the Monsters to the final intermission trailing 2-1. The third period brough a frenzy of goals starting with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Alex Nylander at 11:39 and Corey Andonovski into an empty net at 17:30. James Malatesta responded with a tally at 17:44 off a feed from Billy Sweezey, but Nylander added an empty-net marker on the power play at 19:09. Ahcan recorded his second goal of the night at 19:29 with helpers from Luca Del Bel Belluz and Ceulemans but the Monsters fell by a final score of 5-3.

Cleveland's Daniil Tarasov had 23 stops in defeat while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Magnus Hellberg made 34 saves for the win.

The Monsters finish the road trip against the Hershey Bears on Saturday, December 9, at 7:00 p.m. at Giant Center. Follow the games with full coverage on FOX Sports 1350 'The Gambler', AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

Stay up to date on all Monsters news with the Monsters Mobile App presented by University Hospitals available to download at the Apple Store or Google Play Store. Be sure to follow the Monsters on X, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. [cid:image005.png@01DA2A21.29C05990]Scoring:

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final CLE 1 0 2 - - 3 WBS 0 2 3 - - 5

Shots/Special Teams:

Shots PP PK PIM CLE 37 1/3 3/3 6 min / 3 inf WBS 28 0/3 2/3 6 min / 3 inf

Goaltenders:

Goaltender Outcome Saves GA Record CLE Tarasov L 23 3 2-1-0 WBS Hellberg W 34 3 3-3-0 Cleveland Record: 14-6-1-0, 1st North Division Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Record: 11-8-3-0, 4th Atlantic Division


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