Monsters Fight Back for OT Victory

Monsters vs MarliesPhoto by Toronto Marlies / Graig Abel

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Mike Connolly's goal 21 seconds into overtime propelled the Lake Erie Monsters (30-30-3-7) to a 3-2 win over the North Division-leading Toronto Marlies (38-21-3-6) Wednesday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum. Thomas Pock and Andrew Agozzino scored in regulation for the Monsters, who were 2-2 on the power play in the game. Sami Aittokallio stopped 35 of 37 shots in net for the Monsters.

Agozzino scored at 13:16 of the first period for the frame's only goal when he redirected a Markus Lauridsen point shot for his 18th goal of the season. Geoff Walker also assisted on the power play goal.

In the second and third periods, Toronto would score a goal in each frame to take a 2-1 lead before Pock netted a power play goal at 15:38 of the third on the power play, tying the game at 2-2. Pock's point shot was assisted by Lauridsen and Joey Hishon.

Monsters vs Marlies

Coincidental minor penalties late in regulation time caused the teams to begin sudden-death overtime playing three-on-three. Connolly made a move and converted on a backhand attempt against Marlies goalie Mark Owuya to net the game-winner just 21 seconds into the extra frame, with assists going to Stefan Elliott and Karl Stollery.

Aittokallio stopped 35 of 37 and is 14-11-1. Owuya stopped 25 of 28 and is 4-5-1 for Toronto.

The Monsters finish their five-game road swing Friday night in Rochester at 7:00 PM, with all the action airing live on ESPN 850 WKNR.

NOTES: The Monsters finish the eight-game season series with Toronto with a 4-4-0-0 record... The Monsters snapped a three-game losing streak to the Marlies, and a two-game losing skid overall... Agozzino's goal gives him four goals and 11 points against the Marlies this season... The Monsters 2-2 game on the power play snaps a streak of three straight games without a power play goal... The Monsters were 2-2 on the penalty kill, making them 17-18 on the penalty kill over their last five games... Making their Monsters and AHL debuts in the game were forwards Reid Petryk, Brett Perlini, and Marc Hagel, who joined the team the day before.

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