Monsters Fall Short in Preseason Finale

Grand Rapids scored first and never trailed, as the Griffins topped the Lake Erie Monsters 4-2 in the Monsters preseason finale.  The clubs split the preseason two-game series, with the second half of the series being played at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Paul Carey and Tyson Barrie scored for the Monsters; for Carey, it was his second goal in as many nights. 

Chad Billins opened the scoring on the power play for Grand Rapids at 7:57 of the second period on a shot from the high slot area, and the 1-0 lead held through the rest of the second frame.

In the third period, Tyson Barrie tied the game for the Monsters when he steered in the rebound from a Bill Thomas shot; Patrick Bordeleau also assisted on Barrie's first of the preseason, which came at 2:25 of the third period.

The Griffins picked up a goal from Trevor Parkes just minutes later to regain a lead by a 2-1 score, and took a 3-1 lead after Willie Coetzee beat Monsters goalie Kent Patterson with a high shot that required video replay before being determined a goal.

With 1:28 remaining, Paul Carey scored on another rebound to pull the Monsters back to within a goal, but the Griffins regained a two-goal lead when Brendan Smith scored an empty-netter.

Calvin Pickard started the game in net for the Monsters and stopped 20 of 21 shots.  Patterson relieved Pickard, who played 31:19 in the game, and stopped 15 of 17 shots.  Grand Rapids goalie Jordan Pearce stopped all 29 Monsters shots he faced in the game.

The Monsters open the regular season Friday night at 7:30 PM when they host Oklahoma City at Quicken Loans Arena.


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