Monsters Upend Marlies 5-2 in Front of 12,255 Fans
CLEVELAND - The AHL's Cleveland Monsters beat the Toronto Marlies 5-2 on Friday night in front of 12,255 fans at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. With the win, the Monsters are now 19-20-2-2 and are currently in seventh place in the AHL's North Division standings with 43 points.
Dillon Simpson scored his first goal of the night at 1:28 thanks to assists from Calvin Thurkauf and Trey Fix-Wolansky before adding a second tally at 3:37 to give the Monsters an early 2-0 lead. Toronto's Trevor Moore responded for the visitors at 3:54 to cut Cleveland's lead in half going into the first intermission. The Monsters scored the lone goal of the second period, taking a 3-1 lead after Fix-Wolansky notched a power-play strike on Kevin Stenlund's lone assist. Toronto's Jeremy Bracco notched a power-play goal at 18:16 of the third period to draw the Marlies within one before Cleveland posted two empty-net goals, the first from Paul Bittner assisted by Simpson and Ryan MacInnis at 19:14, followed by a marker from Derek Barach courtesy of Stefan Matteau to push the final score to 5-2.
Cleveland's Matiss Kivlenieks made 35 saves in victory while Toronto's Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 28 pucks in defeat.
The Monsters host the Toronto Marlies for a rematch on Saturday afternoon with a 1:00 p.m. puck drop at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Follow the games with full coverage on ALT 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.
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Cleveland Record: 19-20-2-2, 7th North Division
Toronto Record: 21-17-2-2, 5th North Division
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Cleveland Monsters right wing Kole Sherwood (right) vs. the Toronto Marlies
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