Cleveland Monsters (3) at Chicago Wolves (2) - Overtime
Eight minutes into the second period, Jordan Maletta put the Monsters on the board first. Maletta saw Reid McNeill coming towards him at full steam. Instead of centering a feed, Maletta fired a wrister from the left faceoff dot to give the Monsters the lead over the Wolves, 1-0.
Two minutes into the third period, Brett Sterling scored the equalizer for the Wolves from the right faceoff dot. Oleg Yevenko threw his body in front of the puck but Sterling was able to elevate the puck enough to avoid contact. Honestly, there was nothing anyone could do to stop the puck from going into the net.
A minute later, Markus Hannikainen set Akim Aliu up to allow the Monsters to regain the lead.
With five and a half minutes to go in the game, James Wisniewski fired a shot through traffic and past Forsberg to tie things up for the Wolves.
Three periods wasn't enough to decide this game. The Monsters and Wolves were headed to overtime.
Anton Forsberg faced four deadly shots before assisting Jamie Sifers' game winner. Forsberg poke checked the puck to Maletta who took off down the ice and fired at Binnington. Sifers popped the rebound into the net to give the Monsters a much-needed win.
But Wait! There's More
- The first period had a few scary moments for the Monsters. In the first part of the period, they left two Wolves alone in front of the net. Luckily, the puck missed the net. Later on in the period, there was a two on one breakaway towards the Monsters' net. Forsberg stopped the goal attempt with ease.
- Oleg Yevenko stopped two shots from becoming goals. Early in the second, he chased down Kenny Agostino who was on a breakaway towards the net. Towards the end of the second, Yevenko sacrificed his body to prevent a Caron shot from sneaking past Forsberg.
- The PTO line of Alex Petan, Miles Koules, and Kyle Thomas were on point all night. They laid all they had out on the ice.
- Anton Forsberg came up big for the second game in a row. The game would have taken a much different turn if Forsberg was not ready to win.
1st – Jamie Sifers (1g, 0a)
2nd – Andrew Agozzino (0g, 2a)
3rd – Markus Hannikainen (0g, 2a)
Akim Aliu extended his goal streak and point streak to three games tonight.
Anton Forsberg notched his second assist of the season on Jaime Sifers' game winning goal.
The Monsters head to San Antonio to take on the Rampage on Sunday (4pm est) and Tuesday (8pm est). They haven't won a game against the Rampage this season.
After the series against the Rampage, the Monsters come home for an eight-game homestand.