Monsters Explode for Five Straight in Win

If Chris Stewart and the rest of the Monsters were tired after playing Iowa the night before, they sure didn't show it on Wednesday.  Playing the second half of a back-to-back, and the second of four games in five nights, Lake Erie unleashed five straight goals on Quad City in the third period to defeat the Flames, 6-3.

Stewart notched four assists on the night, tying his career high for points in a game.  Brad Richardson had three of his own assists, increasing his point streak to five straight games.  He has recorded 11 points (2G, 9A) in that span, and has 14 points (2G, 12A) over the last seven contests. 

Eric Healey also had three points (2G, 1A) against the Flames on Wednesday. Wyatt Smith and Johnny Boychuk added two points each (1G, 1A for both). Smith has registered five points (2G, 3A) in the past three games for the Monsters.

The two teams have not played each other since November, when they split two games in Cleveland.  Krys Kolanos struck first for the home team, scoring on a power play at 7:40 of the opening period.  Assists were given to Tim Hambly and Carsen Germyn. 

It took several minutes, but Johnny Boychuk converted a Lake Erie power play to even the score.  The goal at 16:02 was assisted by Richardson and Stewart. 

Neither team found the back of the net for the remainder of the first, and almost halfway through the second.

Cam Cunning broke the tie and put the Flames ahead at the 8:22 mark of the second.  His power play goal was helped by Brandon Prust and Adam Pardy. 

Kolanos added to the Quad City lead with his second goal on the night at 16:52.  Gord Baldwin and Prust were given the assists. The Flames finished the second period with a 3-1 advantage, their last lead of the contest.

Lake Erie's scoring in the final period started early, and happened often. 

Rob Drummond recorded his first goal as a Monster just :48 seconds into the third stanza, assisted by Michael Vernace and Richardson. 

Less than two minutes later, Healey lit the lamp to tie the game for the Monsters.  His goal at the 2:43 point was assisted by Stewart and Smith.

After several minutes with neither team scoring, the Monsters continued their barrage at 10:21 when Jamie Lundmark scored on a power play.  Boychuk and Richardson were credited with the helpers, giving Lake Erie the lead. 

Shortly thereafter, Smith added to the Lake Erie advantage, scoring at 11:58 off passes from Stewart and Healey.

Finally, the Monsters made Quad City pay for pulling their goalie in favor of an additional forward, as Healey scored his second of the night on an empty net at 18:30.  He was assisted by Stewart, giving the Monsters their final 6-3 win.

After being drastically outshot, 21-9, in the first two periods, Lake Erie flipped the tables on Quad City in the third.  The Monsters outshot the Flames, 15-12, in the final period.

Tyler Weiman picked up the win between the pipes for Lake Erie, recording 30 saves on 33 shots.  His Quad City counterpart, Curtis McElhinney, had 18 saves on 23 shots.

The next stop for the Monsters on their week-long road trip is Chicago for a meeting with the Wolves on Friday.  The Monsters will finish up in Grand Rapids on Saturday.

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