Monsters Hang on for Hard-Fought 2-1 Win in Rockford

Dalpe, Bittner both score, Kivlenieks stops 24 of 25 shots in second appearance of the season

The Cleveland Monsters, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, defeated the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, IL by a final score of 2-1. With the win, the Monsters improved to 6-3-1-0 overall this season and with a .650 points percentage, remain alone in second place in the AHL’s North Division standings.

Cleveland’s Zac Dalpe posted a power-play marker at 19:08 of the opening stanza to make it 1-0 Monsters thanks to a slick setup from Mark Letestu and Eric Robinson. Then, a scoreless second period gave way to a tying goal for the IceHogs courtesy of Victor Ejdsell at 6:58 of the third before Monsters forward Paul Bittner spirited home what proved to be the game-winning score at 15:27 of the final stanza with Gabriel Carlsson and Dillon Simpson posting helpers on the play.

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Monsters net-minder Matiss Kivlenieks improved to 2-0-0 in net this season by virtue of a 24-save performance while Rockford’s Anton Forsberg stopped 25 of the 27 pucks he faced to fall to 0-1-0 between the pipes for the IceHogs this year.

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

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