Author: Stephanie Rothacher (Redline Radio LLC)
As the foghorn sounded on the edge of Lake Erie in the Quicken Loans Arena, the Cleveland Monsters took the ice against the Iowa Wild. The Cleveland Monsters have had a rough couple of weeks, losing 8 of their last 9 games. The struggle continued again last night going up against the Wild who are currently ranked third in the AHL’s Central Division Standings and fourth in the Western Conference.
The first period the Monsters Calvin Thurkauf and Andre Benoit spent time in the penalty box each for crosschecking. Iowa’s Sam Anas put in the first goal at 15:10. Iowa bullied their way through our Monsters defense while in power play with 1:45 left on the clock, giving Monsters goalie Matiss Kivlenieks fits. They were successful in puncturing the defense with Iowa’s Brennan Menell scoring with only 34.5 seconds left of game play giving Iowa a 2-0 lead after official review of the chaos. Iowa led in total shots in the first period 11 to 8.
The second period saw the Monsters come out aggressive looking for retribution and goals of their own. Iowa returned the power play favor as they parked Alex Grant in the penalty box early for tripping. The Monsters were not successful but had some amazing field goal attempts. Iowa’s Sam Anas also spent time in the penalty box for hooking, with much the same outcome for the Monsters. Though the Monsters kept Iowa goalie C.J. Motte extremely busy with 16 shots in the second period, Iowa’s Zach Palmquist secured the only shot that mattered at the end of the period, another goal for Iowa putting them up 3-0 after two periods.
The third period the Monsters again sought out the goal taking 10 shots and never connecting. Their defense held the Wild holding them goal-less in the third period. Iowa’s Ryan Murphy offered up a power play to the Monsters while spending his 2 minutes in the box for delay of game but Cleveland could not cash in.
Cleveland’s next game is Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 7:00pm vs these same Iowa Wild at the Q.