Monsters Skate Past Bears, 5-2
(Cleveland, OH) - Mike Sgarbossa scored his 100th career American Hockey League goal, but the Bears dropped a 5-2 decision to the Cleveland Monsters on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The regulation defeat marked only Hershey's third in their previous 29 games (21-3-3-2).
Cleveland opened the scoring at 11:21 on a bullet from the left point from Tommy Cross. After an offensive zone face-off win in front of Ilya Samsonov, Alexandre Texier dropped a pass for Cross, who unleashed a laser low to the ice, off the post and in. Steve Whitney responded for the Bears at 12:18 after spinning a backhander past Monsters goaltender Brad Thiessen. Shane Gersich forced a turnover behind the net and recorded the lone assist on the goal. Both teams were even at 1-1 after 20 minutes, and Hershey held a 15-12 shot advantage.
Only 13 seconds after the puck dropped in the second frame, Sgarbossa capitalized on a defensive zone turnover by Cleveland. Riley Barber won the puck in a board battle beneath the goal line and bounced a centering feed for Sgarbossa. After the puck hit Sgarbossa's skate, Thiessen kicked it into his own net to provide the Bears a 2-1 advantage. The Monsters responded quickly, only 34 seconds later to tie the game at 2-2 at the :47 mark. On the transition, Texier buried a juicy rebound following a shot from Dillon Simpson, five-hole on Samsonov.
Later in the period, the Monsters grabbed a 3-2 advantage at the 14:05 mark. Kevin Stenlund beat Samsonov five-hole once more, low to the ice on an offensive rush generated from a neutral zone turnover. The Monsters carried their one-goal advantage to the break, and also led in shots, 29-25.
Cleveland tallied twice more in the third period to round out the 5-2 final. Zac Dalpe scored on the power play for his 25th goal of the season at the 6:43 mark. After Colby Williams was whistled for high-sticking, Dalpe sneaked into the low-slot and buried a sub-goal line pass from Dan DeSalvo. Mark Letestu hit the empty net at 18:20 to finish the scoring. Final shots were 38-35 Cleveland.
The Hershey Bears return to action tomorrow and rematch the Cleveland Monsters at 3 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena. Voice of the Bears Zack Fisch will have the call on the Bears Radio Network.
• Discuss this story on the American Hockey League message board...
American Hockey League Stories from March 23, 2019
- $87,095 Raised for Local Family, Eagles Grab Point in Standings - Colorado Eagles
- Ads Surge Late to Sail Away with 8-2 Win - Rockford IceHogs
- Stars Burned by Late Griffins Goals - Texas Stars
- Rampage Shut out by Wolves - San Antonio Rampage
- Crunch Blow Past Comets, 6-2, Clinch Playoff Berth - Syracuse Crunch
- Lafferty's Hat Trick Helps Penguins to 5-4 Overtime Win over Phantoms - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
- First-Place Wolves Roll in San Antonio - Chicago Wolves
- Sens Narrowly Beaten by Sound Tigers - Belleville Senators
- Bridgeport sweeps season series against Belleville and pushes its point streak at home to nine games - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- Rocket Overcome Two-Goal Deficit and Defeat Thunderbirds 3-2 in Overtime - Laval Rocket
- Phantoms Earn 3 Points in Weekend Series with Penguins - Lehigh Valley Phantoms
- Ads Dominate Hogs in 8-2 Win - Milwaukee Admirals
- Monsters Rocket Past Bears on Moon Landing Night by 5-2 Final Score - Cleveland Monsters
- Monsters Skate Past Bears, 5-2 - Hershey Bears
- Devils Surrender Lead in 3-1 Loss at Providence - Binghamton Devils
- Carey Leads P-Bruins over Devils 3-1 - Providence Bruins
- Checkers Power past Wolf Pack - Hartford Wolf Pack
- Rocket Erase Deficit to Steal Victory from T-Birds on Sold out Pucks N' Paws Night - Springfield Thunderbirds
- Comets Stumble in Loss to Syracuse - Utica Comets
- Amerks Snap Skid, Reach 40-Win Mark with 5-2 Victory over Marlies - Rochester Americans
- Checkers Continue Hot Streak with Another Home Win - Charlotte Checkers
- Anaheim Ducks Recall Sherwood and Steel - San Diego Gulls
- Defender Tyler Lewington Recalled by Capitals - Hershey Bears
- Syracuse Crunch Sign Goaltender Atte Tolvanen to AHL Contract - Syracuse Crunch
- Roadrunners Sign Busby to Amateur Tryout - Tucson Roadrunners
- Game #59 Preview: Tucson vs. San Jose - Tucson Roadrunners
- Syracuse Crunch to Hold the Great New York State Fair Night March 29 - Syracuse Crunch
- Syracuse Crunch to Host '94 Night March 30 - Syracuse Crunch
- Marlies Kick off Doubleheader Weekend against Amerks - Toronto Marlies
- Game Preview: Bears at Monsters, 7:05 p.m. - Hershey Bears
- Sens Recall Carlisle from Loan - Belleville Senators
- Griffins Recall Trevor Hamilton from Walleye - Grand Rapids Griffins
- Detroit Recalls Matt Puempel - Grand Rapids Griffins
- Game Day Build-Up: Senators at Sound Tigers - Belleville Senators
- Dallas Stars Recall Center Justin Dowling - Texas Stars
- Blue Jackets Reassign Goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks to Monsters - Cleveland Monsters
- Sound Tigers Look to Continue Winning Ways at Home - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- Reign Tops Bakersfield in Shootout - Ontario Reign
- Ads Use Three-Goal First to Punch Hole Through Hogs - Rockford IceHogs
- Condors Gain Point and Extend Division Lead in Ontario - Bakersfield Condors
- Iowa Can't Complete Comeback as Team Falls to Stockton 5-3 - Iowa Wild
- Robinson, Special Teams Guide Stockton to 5-3 Win - Stockton Heat
- Appleby Backstops Moose to Shutout of Colorado - Manitoba Moose
- Appleby Stymies Eagles as Moose Top Colorado, 2-0 - Colorado Eagles
- Admirals Earn Key Win over IceHogs - Milwaukee Admirals
- Lacouvee Makes 35 Saves in 2-1 Shootout Loss to Comets - Laval Rocket
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.