Monsters Stun Amerks 5-2 Behind 32 Saves from Jean-Francois Berube
ROCHESTER, NY - The AHL's Cleveland Monsters defeated the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY on Friday by a final score of 5-2. With the win, the Monsters are now 31-26-7-1 overall this season and with 70 points, remain alone in fifth place in the AHL's North Division standings, four points behind the fourth place Belleville Senators for the division's final playoff spot.
Cleveland grabbed a 1-0 lead on Friday when Derek Barach posted his first professional goal, a power-play marker at 17:50 of the opening period, set up by Tommy Cross' lone assist.
In the second, Zac Dalpe made it 2-0 Monsters with an even-strength tally at 4:27, made possible by helpers from Garret Cockerill and Nikita Korostelev. Rochester responded, however, with a C.J. Smith five-on-five finish at 12:01 before Cleveland's Alexandre Texier posted his first AHL marker at 15:13, thanks to extra-man feeds from Mark Letestu and Cockerill, to push the Monsters' advantage to 3-1 through 40 minutes of play.
In the third, the Amerks drew within one courtesy of a Victor Olofsson power-play finish at 7:02, but the Monsters added a pair of empty-netters, from Letestu at 18:06 in unassisted fashion and from Justin Scott at 19:42 on feeds from Dalpe and Letestu, to skate away winners by a final score of 5-2.
Monsters goaltender Jean-Francois Berube improved to 21-17-5 this season following a 32-save performance, but left the game late in the third due to injury. Cleveland's Brad Thiessen stopped three shots in 2:38 of relief to seal the win while Rochester's Adam Wilcox fell to 10-8-3 in net this year despite a 22-save showing.
Next up for the Monsters, it's a Saturday home clash vs. the Hershey Bears with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on SportsTime Ohio, Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.
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