Chicago Wolves (4) @ Cleveland Monsters (2)
Jamie Sifers started things off on a high note firing off a quick shot from the blue line to put the Monsters on the board 1:25 into the game.
With a little over four to play in the first period, Samuel Blais popped the puck off the crossbar and into the net behind Anton Forsberg to even things up between the two squads.
The Wolves came out strong in the second period. You knew they had one mission and that was to score. Their mission was accomplished 4:44 into the second period. Andrew Agozzino fired off a shot and Brett Sterling was in the right place at the right time to bump it in the net. Wolves now had the 2-1 lead over the Monsters.
The Monsters were not going to let this goal affect them. Two minutes later, TJ Tynan capitalized on an opening and flew down the ice towards the net before firing the puck past Ville Husso. The Monsters and Wolves were now all tied up.
The third period is where things went awry for the Monsters.
Forsberg misread the Wolves play and slid across the paint to stop the puck. However, the puck wasn’t where any of the Monsters thought it was located. Wade Megan caught Forsberg off guard and popped it into the net to give the Wolves the 3-2 lead.
Two minutes later, Blais would seal the deal after poking the puck past Forsberg’s left pad.
But Wait! There’s More
- The Gallant, Bittner, Brown line paired with Yevenko and Sifers is a pleasure to watch in these aggressive games. Tonight they played with a lot of energy, skill, and feist. One of my favorite things is watching Sifers and Yevenko execute tape-to-tape passes. It’s so fluid and done with great precision.
- The Bjorkstrand, Milano, Scott line paired with Yevenko and Sifers came on strong in the third. During one shift they had three scoring attempts just a few seconds apart from each other.
- Yevenko’s game has come a long way since the beginning of the season. He’s not only setting up plays but he’s also breaking up the oppositions plays. Yevenko is slowly proving he is more than just a big bodied enforcer on the ice.
- Turnovers and missed passes led to two goals in the third period. As Coach John Madden said in the post game scrum, “ I realize we are trying to score goals and win the hockey game. You have to take your moments when the opportunity arrives. You have to stay patient”.
1st - Samuel Blais (2g, 0a)
2nd - Wade Megan (1g, 0a)
3rd - Jaime Sifers (1g, 0a)
There were no Cleveland Monsters milestones in tonight’s game.
The Monsters and Wolves meet again on Saturday, January 28th. It’s also Cleveland Indians night. Four members of the Cleveland Indians will drop the ceremonial puck.
The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Ohio at 7 pm est.