Monsters could be forced to play Game 7 of series in Columbus

Monsters could be forced to play Game 7 of series in Columbus

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Imagine toiling during a long, tiresome season that has rewarded you and your teammates with a chance to play for hockey glory -- only to play Game 7 in an unfamiliar arena that is neither home, nor in hostile territory.

That's what the Lake Erie Monsters could face if their Central Division Finals series against the Grand Rapids Griffins reaches Game 7, according to a release from the team.

But if one considers the entity pushing them out of the friendly confines of Quicken Loans Arena, it might make more sense.

Due to the Cavaliers' home schedule during the Eastern Conference Finals against the winner of the Miami Heat/Toronto Raptors semifinal series, the Monsters will have to head south on Wednesday, May 18, to Nationwide Arena in Columbus if they cannot clinch the series in Game 6 in Grand Rapids.

Confused? To make it simpler, just know that Dan Gilbert owns both teams that call Quicken Loans Arena home, and as everyone knows, the Cavaliers always get first priority inside The Q. Hopefully, the Monsters can take care of business on the road and avoid these unusual circumstances.

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