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An intense atmosphere at Quicken Loans Arena kept fans on the edge of their seats as the Monsters and Phantoms played 60 minutes of gritty hockey on Saturday. Lake Erie downed the East Division-leading Philadelphia, 2-1, in front of 9,227 fans.
From the first whistle, both teams would not give an inch on the ice. The hostile environment was evident early as Philadelphia found themselves in the penalty box on five different occasions.
A Matt Hussey breakaway score at the 9:32 mark of the first was created by a pass from Monsters center Brent Kelly. Hussey’s tally marks his sixth of the season, while Kelly’s helper is his second point in as many games.
Following the Hussey goal, the intensity was undeniable at The Q. Tyler Weiman made save after ranging save as he paced the Monsters through the first two sets. Weiman capped off the second with a save from his belly, followed by a quick glove save to the right of the goal mouth at the 19:31 mark.
At the 10:18 mark of the third, Philadelphia left wing Kyle Greentree posted his eighth tally of the season from the doorstep on the power play.
To thwart the Phantoms efforts, Jeff Jillson caught goaltender Brian Boucher on his heels to notch his first marker of the season and the game-winner. Jillson’s goal was assisted by Eric Healey and David Jones.
“We’ve played some great teams the last couple nights. It was good to get that goal right off the bat and win the game for us. We played tough and kept things simple,” said Jillson.
The Monsters put together the franchise’s first-ever three-game win streak, all coming against teams near or atop their respective divisions (Philadelphia, Toronto and Manitoba).
The win moves the Monsters to 7-11-0-2 on the season. The Monsters have won four of their last five games on home ice.
“We are scratching and clawing for every inch of ice out there but still giving up too many shots. Overall, we are very excited and know that this helps our confidence grow tremendously,” said Monsters head coach Joe Sacco.
Weiman denied 45 of 46 shots on goal in his first action in the net since November 4th at Houston. Boucher turned away 19 of the 21 that he faced.
“It feels great to be back on the ice again. It’s always great to save over 40 shots and get a win,” said Weiman.
The Monsters return to action Sunday at 5:00 p.m. against the Syracuse Crunch at The Q.
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