Monsters Reach for Stars Tonight

These Two Teams

When these two teams met on January 8th at the Cedar Park Center, the Monsters claimed a 3-1 win to tie the regular season series at one game apiece.

After a scoreless first period, Ben Walter put Lake Erie up 1-0 at 3:50 of the middle frame, taking an assist from Ryan Stoa.

At 8:18 of the third period, Patrick Rissmiller scored the eventual game-winner with a power play tally that was assisted by David van der Gulik and Stoa.

Stoa finished a three-point night by putting the Monsters on top 3-0 at 12:07 of the period.

Aaron Gagnon scored the lone goal of the game for Texas, lighting the lamp at 17:20 of the third. Gagnon was assisted by Francis Wathier.

Lake Erie’s power play went 1-for-4 in the game, while the Stars were 0-for-3 on the man advantage.

John Grahame kicked aside 18 of 19 shots faced.

At the other end, Richard Bachman stopped 26 of 29 shots.

About the Stars

Texas enters tonight’s contest with a 29-17-3-3 record (64 pts), good for fifth place in the West Division.

Just four points separates Texas from the Houston Aeros, the West Division's top team.

The Stars have posted a 6-3-0-1 mark in their last 10 games, while they ride a two-game winning streak into tonight’s contest.

The Monsters will host the Stars again on Wednesday for a 10:45 a.m. matinee.

Home Sweet Home

Tonight the Monsters continue a stretch of 12 of 13 home games, a gauntlet in which the team has posted a 7-3-0-1 mark.

Lake Erie is 16-8-2-3 at The Q, while they have won both of their last two games in friendly confines (Feb. 6 vs. Abbotsford, 3-2 W; Feb. 12 vs. Grand Rapids, 2-1 SOW).

LEM Leaders

Rookie center Mark Olver has recorded eight points (4G, 4A) in his last seven games.

Patrick Rissmiller has posted five points (3G, 2A) in his last five games.

Defenseman Travis Gawryletz has dished out three helpers in his last four games.

Broadcaster Ben Holden previews tonight's matchup:


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