AHL Eastern Conference Final Game 3 Preview l Hershey Bears vs. Cleveland Monsters

Photo by Vicki Vellios Briner

Games 1 & 2

The first two games of the Eastern Conference Final for the Cleveland Monsters followed the same narrative – they managed to tie it up late, only to lose in overtime. This happened twice in Hershey, PA. The Monsters are now eager to turn the tables. Throughout the series, Hershey’s potent offense and solid defensive play have kept the Monsters on their toes. The games were decided by narrow margins, with Hershey clinching a 5-4 victory in Game 1 and a 3-2 victory in Game 2. The atmosphere in Hershey was electric, especially during the overtime winning goals – the first scored by Mike Vecchione in Game 1 and the second by Pierrick Dube in Game 2.

Game 3 Preview:

At Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM ET, Monsters fans are gearing up to support their team in a crucial Game 3. The Monsters are facing a tough challenge down 2-0, with a possibility of falling down 3-0 on Tuesday, against the defending Calder Cup Champions. Goalie Jet Greaves needs to step up and shut down the potent Hershey offense, as the defense in front of him must also elevate their performance to limit Hershey’s scoring opportunities. Meanwhile, Hershey must focus on maintaining their lead late in regulation and avoid letting Cleveland come back in the series. It’s going to be an intense matchup, and both teams need to bring their A-game for the full 60 minutes.

NHL Network!

The Columbus Blue Jackets Assign Defenseman Denton Mateychuk to the Monsters!

Denton Mateychuk has just been assigned to the Cleveland Monsters in preparation for Game 3 of the AHL Eastern Conference Final in Cleveland, Ohio. As a 2022 first-round pick and this year’s WHL Defenseman of the Year and a CHL first-team all-star, his presence will be a significant boost to the team’s defensive capabilities against the formidable Hershey Bears’ offense. This move has the potential to be a game-changer for the Monsters in this series!

Players to Watch (Hershey):

Hunter Shepard: 8-1 Record, 1.83 GAA, 0.927 Save % – (2024 Calder Cup Playoffs)
Hendrix Lapierre: 4 Goals, 7 Assists (11 Points) – (2024 Calder Cup Playoffs)
Ethen Frank: 7 Goals, 2 Assists (9 Points) – (2024 Calder Cup Playoffs)

Players to Watch (Cleveland):

Jet Greaves: 5-3 Record, 1.94 GAA, 0.932 Save % – (2024 Calder Cup Playoffs)
David Jiricek: 3 Goals, 6 Assists (9 Points) – (2024 Calder Cup Playoffs)
Justin Pearson: 2 Goals, 6 Assists (8 Points) – (2024 Calder Cup Playoffs)

Where to Listen:

Cleveland (Home): Fox Sports 1350 The Gambler – All Bets Are On (iheart.com)
Hershey (Away): ♫ Fox Sports 1460 | Harrisburg – All Sports. All the Time. (iheart.com)

Matthew Buhrmann

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