Cleveland Monsters edge Manitoba Moose, 3-2, in shootout

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Oliver Bjorkstrand and Daniel Zaar scored in the shootout as the Cleveland Monsters defeated the Manitoba Moose, 3-2, Friday night at The Q. The Monsters (23-18-2-3) have won three straight. They extended their point streak to four games....

Cleveland Monsters edge Manitoba Moose, 3-2, in shootout

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Oliver Bjorkstrand and Daniel Zaar scored in the shootout as the Cleveland Monsters defeated the Manitoba Moose, 3-2, Friday night at The Q.

The Monsters (23-18-2-3) have won three straight. They extended their point streak to four games.

Monsters goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 39 saves.

Earlier in the day, Korpisalo and winger Oliver Bjorkstrand were assigned to Cleveland by the parent Columbus Blue Jackets. Goalie Anton Forsberg went from Cleveland to Columbus for the fourth time this season.

The score was tied, 1-1, after one period. The Moose led in shots, 13-7, but was 0-for-3 on the power play.

Markus Hannikainen's power-play goal (No. 10) gave the Monsters a 1-0 lead at 11:37. Hannikainen zipped up the left side in transition and flicked in a wrister from the circle. Credit Dean Kukan and Bjorkstrand with the assists.

Late in the period, Moose goalie Eric Comrie made a terrific pad save, then used the glove to deny a rebound shot.  

The Moose answered at 19:41 when captain Patrice Cormier poked in a rebound (No. 6). Kyle Connor and JC Lipon earned the assists.

Early in the second period, the Moose grabbed its first lead. Cormier tapped a rebound (No. 7) past Korpisalo's right skate to make it 2-1 at 3:58. Lipon and Connor earned the assists.

The Monsters responded at 11:02. Defenseman Dillon Heatherington skated in alone and beat Comrie over the left pad (No. 1). The assists went to Bjorkstrand and T.J. Tynan.

Comrie and Korpisalo were superb in the third period. Korpisalo made a fantastic save against Connor midway through and denied Lipon in the final seconds.

The Monsters controlled play in overtime.

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