Calls of the Game....Game 4

Thursday night, Game 4 of the First Round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, the Monsters put on an offensive show, scoring six times en route to a 6-3 regulation win.  Left wing Justin Mercier (2G, 1A) along with centers Ben Walter (1G, 1A) and Mark Olver (1G, 1A) posted multi-point games, while veteran goaltender John Grahame turned away 36 of Manitoba's 39 shot attempts.

Here is a listen back to some of the highlights from Game 4. Monsters play-by-play announcer Ben Holden and Jock Callander called the game on ESPN 850 WKNR.

Although the Monsters had the man advantage in the first period, Justin Mercier was unable to convert on the power play attempt, here's how that sounded:

Just seven minutes into the opening period, Ben Walter scored the first goal for either team and the Monsters took a 1-0 lead:

For the second time, the Monsters scored on a power play and it was Luke Walker lighting the lamp with a backhander:

John Grahame put together a very strong outing in Game 4, stopping 36 of 39 shots.  In the second period, Marco Rosa had back-to-back chances against Grahame but was turned away:

Kevin Clark put the Moose on the board just three minutes into the second period.  Sweatt and Baumgartner assisted on the goal, which brought Manitoba within one of Lake Erie:

Only a few minutes later, Justin Mercier stretched Lake Erie's lead to two with a goal of his own with 13 left in the second period:

Mercier continued the Monsters offensive onslaught by scoring yet again, converting back-to-back goals in the second period.  Manitoba then decided to pull their current goaltender Tyler Weiman for Eddie Lack, their year-long number one:

The Moose began their offensive attack, however, John Grahame was up to the challenge as Manitoba fired consecutive shots only to be turned away:

Clark and Jaffray were able to score one goal a piece for the Moose, but fortunately for the Monsters it was not enough.  After Manitoba went all in with six men on the ice, Olver and Ford were each able to take advantage of the open net, scoring twice more and finishing with a 6-3 victory over the Manitoba Moose.  Here's the final call of Game 4 on Thursday Night:

The Monsters were able to emerge victorious and take a 3-1 series lead, moving one step closer to advancing to the Second Round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. You can catch Game 5 tonight on AM 1220 WHKW at 8:30 PM broadcast live from Winnipeg as the Monsters look to close out the Moose on their home ice. Till' next time, go Monsters!

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