Kivlenieks Shutsout in Season Debut, Monsters Win 4-0
Paul Bittner nets three points, Zac Dalpe adds two of his own in Cleveland’s second-straight win
The Cleveland Monsters, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, defeated the Binghamton Devils on Saturday at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, NY by a final score of 4-0. With the win, the Monsters improved to 5-2-0-0 overall this season and with a .714 points percentage, remain alone in second place in the AHL’s North Division standings.
After a scoreless opening period, Cleveland’s Zac Dalpe staked the Monsters to a 1-0 lead at 16:49 of the middle frame, thanks to even-strength assists from Eric Robinson and Paul Bittner. Just 20 seconds later, Monsters blue-liner Gabriel Carlsson pushed Cleveland’s edge to 2-0 with a five-on-five finish, set up by Kevin Stenlund and Alex Broadhurst, before Bittner posted an even-strength tally of his own at 18:36, courtesy of a slick transition passing play orchestrated by Vitaly Abramov and Dalpe.
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After the Devils amplified their attack in the final stanza, the Monsters sealed a 4-0 win with an empty-net tally from Nathan Gerbe at 19:11 of the third with Bittner picking up the lone assist on the play. Cleveland net-minder Matiss Kivlenieks stopped each of the 31 pucks he faced to improve to 1-0-0 on the season by virtue of a shutout showing in his first appearance of the campaign, while Binghamton’s Corey Schneider fell to 0-1-0 this year despite his providing 28 stops for the Devils in defeat.
Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Wednesday road clash vs. the Chicago Wolves with full coverage, live from Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, underway at 12:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.
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