Cross Scores Twice as Monsters Roll Pass Bears, 5-2

Gerbe, Stenlund, and Clendening score, Berube stops 19 pucks in road win

The Cleveland Monsters, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, defeated the Hershey Bears on Saturday night at Giant Center by a final score of 5-2. With the win, the Monsters improve to 9-7-1-0 overall this season and with 19 points, remain alone in second place in the AHL’s North Division standings.

Cleveland captain Nathan Gerbe netted a short-handed goal from Alex Broadhurst at 8:32 of the opening frame, giving the road team an early 1-0 edge. Hershey evened the score moments later when Riley Barber scored at 10:06 before Mike Sgarbossa pushed the Bears in front, 2-1, on an even-strength tally at 15:45.

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In the middle frame, the Monsters pulled even, 2-2, thanks to a five-on-five finish from Kevin Stenlund at 1:24 of the period with assists from Gerbe and Vitaly Abramov. Cleveland reclaimed the lead at 2:23 courtesy of Adam Clendening’s first goal of the season, an even-strength marker from Sonny Milano and Broadhurst to give the Monsters a 3-2 advantage. Tommy Cross extended the Monsters lead to 4-2 on a power-play goal at 10:20 of the period, with assists from Milano and Clendening.

Cross closed the scoring in the final frame, picking up his second goal of the evening at 16:45 on feeds from Abramov and Stenlund to secure the Monsters 5-2 road win.

Cleveland goaltender Jean-Francois Berube stopped 19 of 21 shots to improve to 5-5-1 on the season, while Bears netminder Parker Milner stopped 33 of the 38 pucks he faced, dropping to 2-1-0 on the year.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday home clash vs. the Toronto Marlies with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.