Cleveland Monsters (2) at Rochester Americans (3) - Overtime
The Cleveland Monsters extended their lose-streak to four games last night against the Rochester Americans. This time they were able to walk away with a point due to pushing the game into overtime.
Co-Captain Zac Dalpe put the Monsters on the board first with 8:14 left in the first period. He forced a turnover at the blue line and then raced towards Jonas Johansson. As Dalpe hit the bottom of the right faceoff circle, he sniped the puck into the net, 1-0.
Despite their best effort to through Matiss Kivlenieks off his axis, the Americans were unable to get on the board until 3:27 into the second period. Lawrence Pilut received a pass from Kevin Porter and launched it down the slot for the equalizer.
Not even three minutes later, Jean-Sebastien Dea gave the Americans the 2-1 lead over the Monsters. He sniped a shot from the top of the faceoff circle into the net past Kivlenieks’ glove side for the goal.
For the next period and a half, the Monsters grinded hard to tie the game up. Jakob Lilja had multiple shots blocked by the Amerks’ defense. While, Adam Clendening picked off five passes. None of Clendening’s stolen passes led to a goal. However, you have to give him credit for breaking up so many plays in the Monsters’ defensive zone. Also, Marko Dano created three turnovers which led to two breakaway shots for the Monsters and a one-timer from Stefan Matteau that was denied by Johansson.
The Monsters kept putting pucks on net until one went in with 1:05 left in the third period. As Kivlenieks raced towards the bench for the extra attacker, Ryan MacInnis flew down the ice at top speed and popped the puck into the net for the 2-2 equalizer.
The last minute goal gave the Monsters the momentum to power through to the end of regulation.
Unfortunately, for the Monsters, overtime was short lived.
Dea broke away from the pack 56 seconds into overtime. He fired off a shot which Kivlenieks’ quickly kicked away. Andrew Oglevie was tracking the puck the whole time. Once the puck bounced off of Kivlenieks’ pad, Oglevie swept in and sniped it into the net for the win.
The Monsters head to Syracuse on Saturday night in hopes of putting another game in the win column.
1st - Andrew Oglevie (Rochester Americans) - 1g, 1a
2nd - Lawrence Pilut (Rochester Americans) - 1g, 2a
3rd - Jean-Sebastien Dea (Rochester Americans) - 1g, 1a
*Lilja moved back to the third line during the third period
Marko Dano - Nathan Gerbe - Stefan Matteau
Jakob Lilja - Zac Dalpe - Kevin Stenlund
Sam Vigneault - Justin Scott - Derek Barach
Calvin Thurkauf - Ryan MacInnis - Paul Bittner
Gabriel Carlsson - Adam Clendening
Dillon Simpson - Andrew Peeke
Anton Karlsson - Doyle Somerby