CLEVELAND, Ohio … Marcus Bjork scored his second goal of the game with 31 seconds gone in overtime as Cleveland rallied for a 3-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the Cleveland Monsters Outdoor Classic, the 11th outdoor game in American Hockey League history.
After the original start was delayed by ice conditions caused by increased sunshine at FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, the game got underway just before sundown and was played under clear skies with temperatures in the upper 30’s Fahrenheit.
Bjork also scored the equalizer early in the third period, after Justin Richards got Cleveland on the board in the final minute of the second. Monsters captain Dillon Simpson tied a record by playing in his third career AHL outdoor game.
Official attendance was 22,875, the third-largest in league history. Several thousand fans were still in attendance following the five-hour delay to the start.
|AHL OUTDOOR GAME HISTORY
|Feb. 20, 2010||New York State Fairgrounds
|Syracuse Crunch 2, Binghamton Senators 1|
|Feb. 19, 2011||Rentschler Field
East Hartford, Conn.
|Providence Bruins 5, Connecticut Whale 4 (SO)|
|Jan. 6, 2012||Citizens Bank Park
|Adirondack Phantoms 4, Hershey Bears 3 (OT)|
|Jan. 21, 2012||Ivor Wynne Stadium
|Toronto Marlies 7, Hamilton Bulldogs 2|
|Jan. 20, 2013||Hersheypark Stadium
|W-B/Scranton Penguins 2, Hershey Bears 1 (OT)|
|Dec. 13, 2013||Frontier Field
|Rochester Americans 5, Lake Erie Monsters 4 (SO)|
|Dec. 30, 2013||Comerica Park
|Toronto Marlies 4, Grand Rapids Griffins 3 (SO)|
|Dec. 19, 2015||Raley Field
West Sacramento, Calif.
|Stockton Heat 3, Bakersfield Condors 2|
|Jan. 7, 2017||Memorial Stadium
|Bakersfield Condors 3, Ontario Reign 2 (OT)|
|Jan. 20, 2018||Hersheypark Stadium
|Lehigh Valley Phantoms 5, Hershey Bears 2|
|Mar. 4, 2023||FirstEnergy Stadium
|Cleveland Monsters 3, W-B/Scranton Penguins 2 (OT)|