Monsters Fall in Shootout to Hamilton

Scoresheet

J.T. Wyman’s shorthanded goal in the third period forced overtime and ultimately a shootout, but the Lake Erie Monsters (8-6-0-1) fell 3-2 to the Hamilton Bulldogs (6-7-0-3) in a shootout Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The shootout loss extends the Monsters unbeaten-in-regulation streak to four games, and the team concluded their three-games-in-three-nights stretch with five of a possible six points. Saturday’s game was witnessed firsthand by 7,805 fans at The Q. Wyman and Garrett Meurs scored for the Monsters; for Meurs, it was his first professional goal.

Nathan Beaulieu scored the game’s first goal, putting Hamilton on the board at 7:34 of the opening period. Beaulieu snapped a puck from the left circle on a power play.

In the second period, the Monsters generated a tying goal on a rush up the ice. Mikael Tam fed the puck to Mark Olver in the high slot, then a pass was handed off to Meurs, who sent a puck top-shelf to the far corner of the net at 7:56. Meurs first goal tied the game at 1-1.

Hamilton regained a one-goal lead when Louis Leblanc scored to make it a 2-1 game at 14:27. During a delayed penalty situation, Leblanc sent a wrist shot top-shelf through traffic from the left circle.

The game remained 2-1 in Hamilton’s favor into the third period, but with the Monsters shorthanded, they managed to tie the game. J.T. Wyman ended up with the puck after a Hamilton turnover in the neutral zone, streaked toward the goal alone, and capitalized on his opportunity at the 5:30 mark, tying the game for the Monsters after a series of stickhandling moves in front of the goal.

In overtime, the Monsters penalty kill was put to the test and was successful, while Calvin Pickard came up with five saves in the extra frame to force a shootout.

In the shootout, one shooter managed to score: Hamilton’s Gabriel Dumont. Hamilton goalie Dustin Tokarski foiled all five Monsters attempts, while Pickard stopped four of five Hamilton shooters. Dumont’s shootout tally secured the win for the Bulldogs.

Pickard is 5-4-1 after the shootout loss; he stopped 33 of 35 shots in the game. Tokarski is 5-3-1 after the win; he stopped 28 of 30 Monsters shots for the Bulldogs.

The Monsters are in action Thursday night at 7:00 PM when they welcome the Oklahoma City Barons to The Q.

NOTES: The Monsters are 3-0-0-1 over their last four games, 5-2-0-1 against the North Division, and 2-0-0-1 against Hamilton this season… Pickard has now stopped seven-of-eight shootout attempts against him this season… Wyman has goals in back-to-back games; the seventh time a Monster has scored goals in back-to-back games this season… The Monsters were 0-4 on the power play and 4-5 on the penalty kill… With an assist, Olver has nine points over his last eight games… Wyman joins Bryan Lerg and Brad Malone as Monsters who have scored shorthanded goals this season.

PHOTOS:


Search Archive »


  Bookmark and Share

Browse by Year »

2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
0

Browse by Month »

April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
March 2007
January 2007
December 2006
May 2006