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Monsters Monday: Stenlund nets OT winner for Cleveland

Letestu, Gerbe have big weekends for top AHL affiliate

by Jeffrey Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

A look at the week that was and what's going on with the Cleveland Monsters, the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate.


Dec. 26: 4-0 loss vs. Rochester  

Dec. 28: 3-2 overtime win vs. Grand Rapids 

Dec. 29: 4-3 shootout loss vs. Grand Rapids 

Player Notes

Goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks made 27 saves on 31 shots in the 4-0 loss vs. Rochester. He is now day-to-day with an injury and the team signed veteran Eric Levine to back up Brad Thiessen

Thiessen started both games against Grand Rapids, making 48 stops on 53 shots in the two games. 

Veterans Mark Letestu and Nathan Gerbe were key parts of the two games vs. the Griffins. Letestu tied the OT win with 1:39 left, then had two assists the next day. Gerbe had two assists in each of the two games vs. Grand Rapids. 

Kevin Stenlund's ninth goal of the year was the OT winner Dec. 28 vs. Grand Rapids. Justin Scott also scored in the game. 

Kole Sherwood, Sonny Milano , and Doyle Somerby had the goals in the second game of the Grand Rapids back-to-back.  

Michael Prapavessis returned to the Monsters lineup Dec. 28 for the first time since Oct. 20 following an upper-body injury that kept him sidelined for 24 games 

Leading scorer Zac Dalpe missed all three games the last week as he is playing with Team Canada at the Spengler Cup. 

Team leaders through 33 games 

Points: Zac Dalpe 27, Nathan Gerbe 27, Mark Letestu 21, Alex Broadhurst 20, Eric Robinson 19 

Goals: Zac Dalpe 14, Mark Letestu 10, Eric Robinson 10, Kevin Stenlund 9, Nathan Gerbe 7, Sonny Milano 7 

Assists: Nathan Gerbe 20, Adam Clendening 15, Alex Broadhurst 14, Tommy Cross 14, Zac Dalpe 13, Paul Bittner 13 


Standings Update 

At 17-11-4-1, Cleveland is third in the eight-team North Division with 39 points, three behind Syracuse and Rochester. The Monsters have a two-point cushion on Utica ahead of the Comets' upcoming visit to Cleveland.  

Up Next 

Saturday, Jan. 5 vs. Utica at 1 p.m. 

Sunday, Jan. 6 vs. Utica at 3 p.m. (SportsTime Ohio broadcast) 

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