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Monsters Monday: Clendening red-hot with Cleveland

Cleveland earns big shootout win at division rival

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

A look at the past week on the farm for the Cleveland Monsters, the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets 


Jan. 9: 3-2 loss at Belleville: Sonny Milano and Nathan Gerbe scored in the loss to Belleville, in which Cleveland outshot the B-Sens 32-12. Assists went to Kevin Stenlund, Vitaly Abramov and Adam Clendening

Jan. 11: 4-3 win at Syracuse (shootout): Nikita Korostelev had the shootout goal in the win at Syracuse. Other tallies went to Alex Broadhurst, Maxime Fortier and Dan DeSalvo. Fortier's goal was his first as a Monster, while DeSalvo tied the game in the final minute. Brad Thiessen made 30 saves. 

Jan. 12: 5-4 loss at Binghamton: After falling in a 5-1 hole, the Monsters nearly rallied but ran out of time in the loss to the Devils. DeSalvo had two goals in the game while Abramov and Justin Scott also tallied. Jean-Francois Berube made 17 saves. 


Five players who have spent most of the season with the Monsters played for or were called up to Columbus during the past week - forwards Stenlund, Eric Robinson and Kole Sherwood, defenseman Gabriel Carlsson and goalie Berube. 

Clendening had two assists in the loss to Binghamton to extend his point streak to five games (0-6-6). He has points in 16 of his 21 AHL games this year (3-19-22). 

DeSalvo, a Bowling Green product, earned his first three points of the season with the tallies against Syracuse and Binghamton. 

Abramov snapped a seven-game goal drought with the goal at Binghamton. 

Team leaders through 38 games 

Points: Nathan Gerbe 29, Zac Dalpe 28, Alex Broadhurst 24, Mark Letestu 23, Adam Clendening 22 

Goals: Zac Dalpe 15, Mark Letestu 10, Eric Robinson 10, Kevin Stenlund 9, Nathan Gerbe 9, Sonny Milano

Assists: Nathan Gerbe 20, Adam Clendening 19, Alex Broadhurst 17, Tommy Cross 14, Zac Dalpe 13, Paul Bittner 13, Mark Letestu 13 


Standings Update 

At 18-15-4-1, Cleveland sits in fifth place in the eight-team North Division, tied with Binghamton with 41 points. Rochester leads the way with 48 while Utica (46), Syracuse (45) and Toronto (43) follow. 

Up Next 

Friday, Jan. 18 at Laval at 7:30 p.m. 

Saturday, Jan. 18 at Laval at 3 p.m. 

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