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MONSTERS GAME SUMMARY: Monsters Fall to Griffins, 5-2

December 31, 2017 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Cleveland Monsters News Release

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, were defeated by the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI by a final score of 5-2. With the loss, the Monsters fell to 9-14-3-2 overall this season and with a .411 points percentage, currently remain alone in seventh place in the AHL's Central Division standings.

The Monsters grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period on Friday when Alex Broadhurst took advantage of an even-strength Zac Dalpe and Nick Moutrey setup just 22 seconds into the game, and Carter Camper followed suit with a five-on-five finish at 9:08, courtesy of feeds from Miles Koules and Cameron Gaunce. The Griffins rallied with an even-strength Dylan McIlrath goal at 14:07, however, to make it 2-1 Cleveland through one period of play.

In the middle stanza, the Griffins rattled off three even-strength goals in a span of less than one minute, thanks to Matt Puempel at 2:13, Matt Ford at 2:53, and Eric Tangradi at 3:05, respectively, to carry a 4-2 lead over the Monsters into the final frame. In the third, Tangradi struck again at even-strength at 1:53 of the period to cap a 5-2 Griffins victory.

Matiss Kivlenieks fell to 4-8-2 in net for Cleveland despite stopping eight of 11 shots faced in 22-plus minutes of action before Monsters net-minder Ivan Kulbakov made 14 saves the rest of the way. On the other side, Grand Rapids' backstop Jared Coreau improved to 9-8-2 by virtue of a 27-save performance.

Next up for the Monsters, it's a Saturday rematch vs. the Griffins with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, SportsTime Ohio and the Monsters Hockey Network.

Full and partial season ticket memberships are on sale now and provide you with the best seat locations, custom member benefits and the lowest ticket prices starting at only $10 per game. Group outing and birthday bash packages for 10 or more people are also on sale now. All tickets can be purchased by visiting, calling (216) 420-0000, visiting The Q Box Office or any Northern Ohio Discount Drug Mart. Be sure to follow the Monsters on Twitter @monstershockey, on Facebook at, and on Instagram at .

The Cleveland Monsters are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Chairman and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League playing at Quicken Loans Arena and the Canton Charge of the NBA G League playing in nearby Canton, Ohio at the Canton Civic Center.

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