ROCKFORD — The Cleveland Monsters handed the Rockford IceHogs their sixth straight loss Monday.
Cleveland wasted no time getting on the board. Zac Dalpe potted two goals in the first five minutes then Carson Meyer added a third for the 3-0 advantage.
Rockford (0-5-1-0) answered with two quick goals in the first, hinting at a offensive battle. The Monsters had other things in mind though, blanking the IceHogs 3-0 in the second period, prompting Rockford to replace goaltender Matt Tomkins with Cale Morris to start the third.
Each club added a goal in the third period. The 7-3 decision is Cleveland’s first win of the season.
“I didn’t like a couple (of Cleveland’s) goals,” Rockford coach Derek King said. “But we didn’t help (Matt Tomkins). In fact, we started running around and pushing the envelope. We just got caught staring at the puck tonight. I don’t like to say it, but that’s just young mistakes.”
Morris, who had a strong career at Notre Dame, made his professional debut Monday, stopping 13 of 14 shots. Tomkins turned away 17 shots through two periods.
“I thought it was a good time to give Cale a period to see how he’d do,” King said. “And I thought he did real well.”
The IceHogs skate with Cleveland again tonight at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Puck drop is 6 p.m.
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