'CUDA DOOMED BY SLOW START, FALL 4-1 IN CLEVELANDOct 21, 2017
CLEVELAND, OHIO - The Cleveland Monsters (2-2) jumped out of the gates just 35 seconds into the game and never looked back, topping the San Jose Barracuda (2-3) 4-1 at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday afternoon.
In the first, Carter Camper (2) split the San Jose defense and beat Troy Grosenick over the right shoulder at the 35 second mark to make it 1-0. After that point, San Jose went three-for-three on the penalty kill and outshot Cleveland 6-to-5, but failed to even the score.
In the second, Cleveland added too its lead as John Ramage (1) collected a loose puck in the slot and fired a low wrist shot just inside the far post at 12:56. San Jose hit a pair of posts on the power play and looked to have got on the board with less than a minute left in the period, but Brad Thiessen made a desperation point-blank save off of a Adam Helewka shot.
Brandon Bollig (2) cut Cleveland's lead in half as he snapped the puck from in between the circles and inside the right post at 1:57 of the third, but Miles Koules (1) put the game away on Cleveland's sixth power play of the night. Tyler Motte (1) completed his three-point afternoon with an empty-netter at 19:07.
Grosenick (2-2) suffered the loss after allowing three goals on 21 shots, while Thiessen (2-1) earned the win by making 18 saves on 19 shots.
The Barracuda will be back at SAP Center on Dec. 5 as they take on the Texas Stars at 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at just $10 and can be purchased at SJBarracuda.com/tickets.