Griffins fall to Monsters in shootout

Mitch Callahan was one of the few bright spots during the Griffins 3-2 shootout loss to the Cleveland Monsters. Callahan scored both goals for Grand Rapids, both coming on the power play.

The Griffins finished the set of 3 straight games with Cleveland with a record of 2-0-0-1.

The Griffins has a hard time getting much going offensively, failing to score a goal at even strength. They had a chance to win the game in overtime on a power play, but could not crack Monsters goalie Anton Forsberg.

The game was scoreless after the first period. But Callahan changed that by scoring the Griffins first power play goal of the night. That power play goal marks the ninth straight game where the Griffins have scored on the man advantage. Tomas Nosek and Ben Street assisted on the goal.

The Griffins lead lasted less than a minute. Nick Moutrey received a pass from Joe Pendenza and fired a shot past Griffins goalie Eddie Pasquale to tie the game at one.

Just a few minutes later, Sonny Milano scored a goal from the short side to give the Monsters a 2-1 lead. The scored remained that way after two periods.

Cleveland had chances to increase the lead but the penalty kill for the Griffins was solid all game long.

The Griffins tied the game at 2 a little more than halfway through the third period. Callahan scored the goal on the power play after a mad scramble in front of the net.

Both teams came up empty in overtime sending the game into a shootout. Sonny Milano and Aaron Paushaj scored in the shootout for Cleveland while Evgeny Svechnikov and Matt Lorito were unsuccessful for the Griffins.

Both goalies had rather solid performances. Eddie Pasquale stopped 24 shot and Monsters goalie Anton Forsberg stopped 42.

Three Stars: 1. GR Callahan (two power play goals) 2. CLE Milano (goal, shootout winner) 3. GR Street (two assists)

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