The Cleveland Monsters won their second straight game against the Chicago Wolves by a score of 3-1, completing the weekend sweep.
There was an opportunity to sweep an opponent and the Cleveland Monsters took it. Fresh off a 4-3 shootout win Friday, Cleveland managed to win in regulation Saturday with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Wolves.
It was about midway through the 1st period before the scoring got started, but Adam Helewka got the Monsters on the board first with Andrew Peeke and Trey Fix-Wolansky assisting on the play. Dillon Simpson would double the Monsters lead less than two minutes later. Tyler Angle and Gavin Bayreuther were credited with assists on Simpson’s second goal of the season.
The Wolves would not go down easy as they got within one goal in the 2nd period. Unlike Friday’s game, Cleveland was able to score again and win with a higher goal differential than one Tyler Angle scored his second goal of the year to make it a 3-1 lead, a lead that this Cleveland team would hold on to. Cliff Pu’s assist on Angle’s goal was his second of the campaign.
Matiss Kivlenieks got the start in goal for the second straight night and was better this time around. Kivlenieks saved 42 of 43 shots, the lone goal from Chicago’s Dominik Bokk being his only blemish. With this much better performance Kivlenieks sees his GAA drop more than half a goal down to 2.27 from 2.89.
With this win Cleveland now has 9 points on the year and sit at 4-3-1. Their two wins against the Central Division leading Chicago Wolves this weekend give them some hope for the season. Their sweep of Chicago proves that they can hang with the better teams in their division.
The Monsters have the weekdays off this week before heading to Rochester to take on the Americans Friday March 12.