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Korpisalo's 41-save performance leads Monsters to 3-0 series lead

by Tony Brown / Columbus Blue Jackets


GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Behind 41 saves from goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and even-strength goals from Josh Anderson and Zach Werenski, Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins 2-1 on Sunday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI in game three of the best-of-seven Central Division Finals. With the win, the Monsters will look to advance to the third round of the Calder Cup Playoffs for the first time in franchise history with a victory in Tuesday’s game four.

The Monsters grabbed a lightning-fast 1-0 lead on Sunday as Anderson took advantage of a Griffins defensive-zone turnover just 17 seconds into the game to bury an unassisted, even-strength marker, his team-leading fifth goal of the playoffs.

In the second period, Lukas Sedlak and Oliver Bjorkstrand combined to set up a one-time, right-circle finish by Werenski at 8:07 that made it 2-0 Monsters. The Griffins’ lone game-three tally was provided by defenseman Ryan Sproul at 17:48 of the period, an even-strength center-point blast, assisted by Andy Miele and Colin Campbell.

Korpisalo improved to an AHL-best 6-0 in the postseason by virtue of a spectacular 41-save performance, while Grand Rapids net-minder Tom McCollum fell to 3-3 in the playoffs despite a solid, 21-save showing.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s game four of the best-of-seven Central Division Finals on Tuesday at 7:00 pm with full coverage, live from Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI, on ESPN 850 WKNR and the Monsters Hockey Network.

Tickets for every Monsters home game start at just $10 and are on sale now! Full and partial season ticket memberships are also available and provide you with the best seat locations, custom member benefits and the lowest ticket prices. Group outing and birthday bash packages for 10 or more people are also on sale now.

All tickets can be purchased by visiting LakeErieMonsters.com, calling (216) 420-0000, visiting The Q Box Office or any Northern Ohio Discount Drug Mart. Be sure to follow the Monsters on Twitter @monstershockey, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lakeeriemonsters, and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/monstershockey.

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