High Scoring Loss in Hershey
Maybe it's a Pennsylvania thing.
For the second night in a row, the Monsters offense was on fire on Saturday. Unfortunately for them, unlike Friday night in Philadelphia, their defense could not keep up. Lake Erie fell to the Bears in Hershey, 6-4, in an offensive shootout from both sides.
Just like in Philadelphia, when 11 players recorded points, Lake Erie spread the wealth on offense against the Bears. The Monsters were led by Jeff Jillson, who assisted on three of the night's four goals, as well as David Jones, Brad Richardson and T.J. Hensick, all of whom had two points apiece.
Despite the loss, another big positive in the contest was that all of Lake Erie's goals came on the power play. Before Friday's win against the Phantoms, the Monsters had not converted the man advantage in eight straight games.
The two teams came out with guns blazing, as nine of the 10 total scores on the night came in the first two periods. The home team got on the scoreboard first, when Stephen Werner scored at 2:08 of the opening stanza, assisted by Ben Clymer. The Monsters answered quickly in the form of a Dan DaSilva goal at 2:39. He was assisted by Jillson and Chris Stewart.
Hershey went off on a scoring tangent for the remainder of the first, netting three straight goals. Jason Morgan scored for the Bears, followed by two from Andrew Gordon.
Lake Erie notched two goals of their own within a one-minute span in the second period. Richardson scored on a power play off helpers from Jillson and Jones at 7:06. That was followed promptly by Jamie Lundmark's goal at 8:27, again on the advantage. Assists on the score were given to Hensick and Jillson.
The Bears took over again to finish the middle period, again scoring a pair of goals. Sami Lepisto and Gordon both lit the lamp, giving Hershey a 6-3 lead heading into the final set.
The sticks of the two teams cooled down in the third, as neither team found the back of the net for the first half of the period. Jones added another goal for Lake Erie, helped out by Richardson and Hensick, at 12:17 on the power play. That would be the last of the offensive production for the night, resulting in the final 6-4 score.
Tyler Weiman started his fifth straight game for the Monsters at goaltender. He allowed all six Hershey goals before leaving the net just prior to the end of the second period. He posted 22 saves on 28 shots. Mike Wall finished the game for Lake Erie, deflecting all nine shots he faced. Darren Machesney recorded 32 saves on 36 shots.
The Monsters will have a week off from competition, returning to action on Saturday, January 19th in Syracuse.