Griffins fall to Monsters in overtime

Eddie Pasquale had another solid performance in goal but it was not enough as the Griffins fell to the Cleveland Monsters in overtime 3-2. On the plus side, the Griffins are now on a six game point streak (3-0-1-2). In six games this season against Cleveland, Grand Rapids is now 4-0-1-1.

Kyle Criscuolo began the scoring when he swung at a saucer pass from Matt Ford and beat Cleveland goalie Joonas Korpisalo for an early 1-0 lead. The rookie now has six goals on the season.This goal happened on the power play which now marks 12 consecutive games where the Griffins have scored on the man advantage.

The Monsters evened the score when speedster Sonny Milano setup Oliver Bjorkstrand for a shot that found its way inside the left goal post. Bjorkstrand now has five goals against the Griffins this season.

But nearly halfway into the second period, Evgeny Svechnikov put the Griffins back up by a goal. Criscuolo obtained a rebound off of a Matt Ford shot and found Svechnikov who flipped the puck into the open net for his third goal of the season.

Cleveland came out firing in the third period outshooting the Griffins 20-6. The Monsters evened the score in the final frame on a goal from Markus Hannikainen. That goal sent the game into overtime.

The Griffins began the 3-on-3 period with Matt Lorito, Martin Frk, and Robbie Russo. Frk was penalized for a high stick which gave Cleveland a power play in the extra frame. John Ramage was set up by T.J. Tynan for the game winning goal beating the Griffins 3-2.

The Griffins will return home on Wednesday to play the Chicago Wolves and Friday to host the Milwaukee Admirals.

Three Stars: 1. CLE Ramage (OT-winning goal) 2. CLE Hannikainen (game-tying goal) 3. CLE Korpisalo (W, 22 saves)

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