Monsters Sweep Road Weekend

The Lake Erie Monsters began their three-game, three-day weekend in Rochester on Friday with a 3-1 win and finished their weekend back in Rochester on Sunday with another win. The Monsters built a 3-0 lead early in the second period that turned into a 4-4 tie early in the third. They would score twice more in the third to solidify a 6-4 win and a weekend sweep.

John Grahame was in goal for all three wins over the weekend, marking a season high for consecutive wins for a Lake Erie netminder. Lake Erie's three straight wins ties a season high for the team. The Monsters are now 19-19-3-4 and move into fourth place in the North Division.

Rookie Mark Olver opened the scoring at 2:57 of the first period with his third goal in as many days.

Justin Mercier increased the Monsters lead to 2-0 with his unassisted shorthanded goal at 8:28 of the first, his third assist in the last four games. Lake Erie outshot the host Americans 14-3 in the opening frame and went to the first intermission with the two-goal advantage.

Harrison Reed scored his first goal of the season just 2:32 into the second period, assisted by Patrick Bordeleau, giving Lake Erie a 3-0 lead.

Michael Duco put the Amerks on the board at 3:36 and was assisted by Jordan Knackstedt and A.J. Jenks.

The Monsters fired right back, regaining their three-goal advantage on a Ben Walter goal, his fourth in the past sixth games. Greg Mauldin and Ryan Stoa assisted. Mauldin was playing his second game with the Monsters since returning to the team from Colorado, where he had been since November.

Mike Kostka's power play goal cut Rochester's deficit in half. Joe Callahan and Chris Taylor assisted at 11:34.

The middle frame ended with the Monsters still leading 4-2, despite getting outshot 14-9 in the period.

It did not take long for Rochester to make a dent in the Lake Erie lead in the third period, bringing the score to 4-3 with Clay Wilson's power play goal just 1:56 into the period. Bill Thomas and Kostka were credited with the helpers.

Less than two minutes later, Callahan evened the score with another Rochester power play marker at 3:38. Bates Battaglia and Taylor assisted.

Olver scored again midway through the third to regain the Lake Erie lead, assisted by David van der Gulik at 10:01. It was the third multi-goal and seventh multi-point game of the year for Olver.

The Monsters outshot the Americans 11-7 in the final period and sealed their win with a Patrick Rissmiller empty netter at 19:39.

Grahame finished the night with 20 saves on 24 shots. Tyler Plante started in net for Rochester, recording 13 saves on 16 shots in 22:32. Jacob Markstrom finished the game, stopping 15 of 17 shots in 36:47.

Sunday's game wrapped up a season-long seven-game road swing for Lake Erie, who will now return home on Tuesday to play 12 of the next 13 at Quicken Loans Arena.


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