Monsters Fall to Chicago at Home

Goalie Cedrick Desjardins tied a Monsters season-high with 41 saves, but the Lake Erie Monsters (32-26-3-4) fell to the Chicago Wolves (34-24-2-3) by a 1-0 score Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The loss snaps the Monsters eight-game unbeaten-in-regulation streak, which tied a franchise high. Steve Reinprecht scored the only goal of the game for Chicago; a shorthanded tally in the second period.

The Wolves outshot the Monsters 10-4 in a scoreless first period.

Chicago forward Tim Miller carried the puck up the right side of the ice midway through the second period, spotted Reinprecht open on the two-on-one play, and after receiving a pass from Miller, Reinprecht faked to his backhand and fired a puck top-shelf on Desjardins for the game’s only goal. The Wolves recorded 20 shots in the middle frame, compared to seven for Lake Erie.

The third period went much like the first, as neither team was able to score and Chicago outshot the Monsters 12-8, resulting in the 1-0 final score.

Desjardins stopped 41 pucks on 42 shots, tying Gerald Coleman’s season-high for a Monsters goalie; Coleman achieved the feat on February 3, 2012 in San Antonio. Desjardins is 12-8-2. Matt Climie stopped all 19 Monsters shots for Chicago in earning his first shutout of the season. Climie’s individual record moves to 17-9-0.

The Monsters are back in action Wednesday in Toronto against the North Division-leading Marlies, with the action beginning at 11:00 AM. Catch all of Wednesday’s morning hockey action live from Toronto on AM 1540 KNR2.
The Monsters return to Quicken Loans Arena Thursday night for the first of three straight games at home.

NOTES: Peter MacArthur and Brad Malone each had three-game point streaks snapped in the loss to Chicago… The Monsters (0-3) and Chicago (0-5) were a combined 0-8 on the power play in the game… Cedrick Desjardins is 3-2-1 over his last six starts in net… The Monsters are now 12-4-1-3 since the all-star break… The Monsters are 20-8-3-4 in one-goal games… The Monsters are 21-21-2-4 when outshot by their opponents… The Monsters fall to 17-11-2-1 on home ice this season… The Monsters are 1-2-0-0 against Chicago this season, and are now 4-9-1-1 all-time against the Wolves.

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