Milwaukee Admirals (5) at Cleveland Monsters (2)
The Cleveland Monsters were hoping the success from Wednesday night's win over the Iowa Wild would propel them to a successful game against the Milwaukee Admirals. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case. The Admirals would score five goals to the Monsters two.
Starting things off for the Admirals was Trevor Murphy with a little under six minutes to play in the first period. Murphy launched a shot from the blue line and into the back of the Monsters' net.
A little over four minutes into the second period, the Admirals would extend their lead to 2-0. Pierre-Cedric Labrie fired off a shot from the left faceoff dot. The puck banged off the right post and into the net.
Brady Austin would cut the Admirals lead in half 7:26 into the third period with a rocket from the blue line. The Admirals now led the Monsters, 2-1.
Thirty seconds later, Anthony Richard sped off with the puck. Doyle Somerby tried to catch him. Before he met up with Richard the puck went through the five-hole of Matiss Kivlenieks giving the Admirals the 3-1 lead.
With nine minutes left in the third period, the Monsters would close in on the Admirals, 3-2. Blake Siebenaler sauced the puck to Joe Pendenza who went top shelf on Anders Lindback.
A series of unfortunate events 15:38 into the third period put the Monsters on the penalty kill.
John Ramage took a swipe at the puck Lindback just stopped. Lindback jacked Ramage in the face. Then, Ramage was pushed to the ground. Shortly after, Frederic Allard shoved Ramage's face into the ice.
Ramage received a slashing penalty.
Twelve seconds later, Harry Zolnierczyk and Frederic Allard played catch before Zolnierczyk launched the puck into the net from the blue line.
The crowd immediately broke out into a rousing cheer of “Refs You Suck” for the questionable call the refs made mere seconds before.
With 2:21 left in the game, the Admirals sealed the deal. Anthony Richard scooped up a rebound and backhanded it to Frederick Gaudreau who fired it home.
The Admirals would beat the Monsters, 5-2.
But Wait! There's More
- Someone has unleashed the beast that is Brett Gallant. I've been waiting for his skill and aggression to rear it's head all season.
- Doyle Somerby was not going to let anyone near the crease tonight. He was in the ultimate beast mode.
- Not having Motte and Schroeder in the lineup tonight definitely hurt. However, the Monsters were still able to fire off 35 shots and create multiple offensive plays.
“Of course it hurts. Anytime you lose a guy like Schroeds (Schroeder) and Motter (Motte) it's gonna hurt ya. No excuses for us. We played a decent game we just couldn't kill penalties off.” - Head Coach John Madden
- The Monsters biggest downfall tonight was taking 12 penalties as well as the inability to score on the penalty kill.
“Every time we got something going, we took a penalty. Whether it was a good call or a bad call, it didn't help us. When you have those breakdowns in the game, it doesn't help.” - Head Coach John Madden
1st – Anthony Richard (1g,1a)
2nd – Pierre-Cedric Labrie (1g, 0a)
3rd – Anders Lindback (35 shots faced, 33 saves, 60:00 TOI)
For the fourth game in a row Alex Broadhurst, Carter Camper, and Andre Benoit are wearing the “A”s on their sweaters.
The Monsters and Admirals meet again on Saturday, December 23rd at 7pm. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Monsters' knit cap.