Second Period Makes the Difference Again

For the second straight game, the second period proved too much for the Monsters.  After allowing Manitoba to score all four of their goals in the middle stanza of a loss on Sunday, the Monsters again allowed Toronto to score both their goals in the second on Wednesday.  Lake Erie dropped an evenly-matched game in Toronto, 2-1.

The Monsters and Marlies are quite familiar with each other, having already played four previous times in this young season.  This was evidenced by the fact that the two teams were even keeled through the entire first period.  Neither team was able to gain an advantage or put a score on the board. 

That changed in the second though, as the home team struck first when right wing Jeremy Williams managed the puck past Lake Erie netminder Jason Bacashihua at the 9:15 mark.  He was assisted on the goal by Darryl Boyce and Kris Newbury.

Saturday was by far the cleanest game so far this season for the Monsters and their opponents.  There was only one total penalty called during the entire game, hooking called on the Marlies Jay Harrison at 18:34 in the middle period.  Despite being a man down, Toronto scored again just :15 seconds later.  Bacashihua gave up his second goal of the night when Ben Ondrus lit the lamp off assists from Boyce and Chris Harrington. 

The Monsters, though, wasted no time in retaliating by taking advantage of the power play.   Chris Stewart found the back of the net at 19:25.  He was fed the puck from Eric Healey and T.J. Hensick.  It was Stewart's fourth goal this season, all coming in the past three games.  He has recorded six points during that time.

The game ended the way it started, as both teams kept pace with each other for the duration of the third period.  Neither team was able to score, resulting in the final 2-1 score.

Hensick continued his production streak for the Monsters, posting his 10th point in the past nine games.  He leads the team with 12 points this season (5g, 7a).

Bacashihua, now 2-2 in goal for Lake Erie, was named Third Star of the game.

Toronto now holds a 4-1 advantage over the Monsters in the season series.  Wednesday's win avenges the 5-3 loss the Monsters handed the Marlies in Cleveland on Saturday.  The Lake Erie victory, behind the franchise's first-ever hat trick courtesy of Stewart, ended Toronto's 14-game regulation win streak.  The teams will do battle three more times this year, the next of which being November 30th in Ontario.

Next up for the Monsters is a stop in Rochester on Friday to face the Americans for the first time this season.

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