Stewart Gets Overtime Win for Monsters

Photo courtesy of Frank Jansky

Chris Stewart may be a 20-year old rookie, but there are times when he sure doesn't act like it.  Saturday was one of those times, as Stewart stepped up to score in overtime and give Lake Erie a 3-2 win in Syracuse.  It was Stewart's third game-winner so far this season, his first as a pro.

Saturday's win evens the season series between the North division foes at two games apiece.  Both Lake Erie victories have come in Syracuse.  The first "W" on October 20th was actually the first in the Monsters franchise history.  Tyler Weiman picked up that first win in goal, then did so again on Saturday.  Stewart has now notched a point in the last three straight games against the Crunch. 

Syracuse entered Saturday's game on the back end of a back-to-back, having lost in Binghamton on Friday, while the Monsters hadn't played in one week. So theoretically, Lake Erie should have had the fresher legs.  That did not appear to be the case through the first period, as Syracuse's Joakim Lindstrom scored the lone goal of the stanza.  He was assisted at 15:49 by Adam Pineault and Clay Wilson.

It was near the end of the second before the scoreboard changed again, this time chalking one up for Lake Erie.  Defenseman Mitch Love scored his first goal as a Monster at 14:52 to tie it up.  The shorthanded goal was helped by Wyatt Smith, who returned to action after missing several games with an injury.

The Crunch would take the lead once again quickly when Zenon Konopka found the back of Lake Erie's net at 17:11 of the middle period.  Lindstrom and Aaron Rome were credited with the assists.

The picture was looking a little bleak for the Monsters as the clock was ticking down on the third period, until Dan DaSilva lit the lamp on a one-timer.  His goal at 14:50 tied the contest at two, which would eventually send it into overtime.

Lake Erie didn't need much of the extra session to come up with the win.  Just :43 seconds into overtime, Stewart converted passes from Jeff Friesen and Brad Richardson.  Saturday was Friesen's first game in a Monsters sweater, and he made a good impression while assisting on the game-winner in OT.  Stewart's goal came on a power play, the only such score for either team on the night.

Weiman started his sixth straight game between the pipes for Lake Erie, deflecting 25 of the 27 shots he saw.  Adam Munro was in goal on the other end of the ice, putting up 28 saves on 31 Monsters shots.

Lake Erie and Syracuse will continue their home-and-home in Cleveland on Tuesday. 

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