Monsters Streak Past Stars in Shootout, 2-1

Forsberg stops 38, Maletta, Broadhurst provide shootout heroics in clutch road win.

CEDAR PARK, TX – The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters, proudly powered by Constellation, defeated the Texas Stars in a shootout on Saturday at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, TX by a final score of 2-1. With the win, the Monsters improved to 17-13-1-2 overall this season and with a .561 points percentage, remain alone in fourth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

The Stars notched the first period’s lone goal, an even-strength Caleb Herbert tally set up by Ethan Werek at 3:49. The Monsters eventually countered, however, with the middle period’s only marker, a five-on-five Nick Moutrey finish at 8:47, made possible by Dean Kukan’s lone assist.

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After a scoreless third period and overtime frame, two rounds of a three-round shootout slid by without a goal before Herbert tallied in the top of the third for Texas before Jordan Maletta provided a clutch conversion for Cleveland to extend the game and after Monsters net-minder Anton Forsberg stopped Stars captain Travis Morin in the fourth round, Alex Broadhurst delivered Cleveland a victory with a dazzling finish, slipping the deciding goal through Texas’ backstop Maxim Lagace to claim a 2-1 win for the visitors.

Forsberg’s 38-save performance pushed his record to 12-6-1 overall this season in net for the Monsters, while Lagace fell to 10-8-3 between the pipes for the Stars despite making 28 stops in regulation.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday road clash vs. the Charlotte Checkers with full coverage, live from Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, NC, underway at 7:15 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.