Monsters Come Up Short in Hamilton on Friday

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For the sixth time in the nine games of the 2008-09 season, Friday's Monsters game was decided by one goal.  Unfortunately for Lake Erie, they were on the wrong side of the one-goal differential.  The Monsters fell 3-2 in Hamilton on Friday in the first meeting of the year for the teams.

After starting the season 3-1-0-1 during a five-game home stand, the Monsters entered Friday's game in Hamilton having lost their last three straight on the road. 

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead by midway through the first period.  The home team got the scoring started at the 7:34 mark on Ben Maxwell's goal, assisted by Max Pacioretty and Mathieu Carle. 

Five minutes later Mike Glumac put Hamilton up by two with his power play goal at 12:21.  He was helped by Carle and Yannick Weber.

The Monsters responded a few minutes later when T.J. Hensick brought the score to 2-1 with his goal at the 16:28 point.  Nigel Williams and Nathan Smith were credited with the assists. Hensick leads Lake Erie with 12 points (5G, 7A) this season.  He has now scored in three straight games, and has recorded a point in six straight and eight of the nine games this season.  His assist, the first as a professional, on Friday was Williams' first point since his goal in the season opener on October 11th. 

It looked as if the second period would come and go with the score remaining 2-1 until Brian Willsie tied it up for the Monsters with his goal at the 17:00 mark of the middle frame.  He was assisted by Jess Boulerice. Willsie is currently second on the team with 10 points (7G, 3A) on the season, and leads the team in goals. He has notched a point in eight of the nine Lake Erie games this season.

The game remained knotted at 2-2 until midway through the third period when Ryan White gave Hamilton the 3-2 decision with his goal at 9:27.  Matt D'Agostini and Yanick Lehoux were given the assists on the game-winning Bulldogs goal.

Jason Bacashihua took the loss in goal for Lake Erie, stopping 29 of 32 shots on the night.  Hamilton netminder Marc Denis also had 29 saves in the game.

Friday's loss drops Lake Erie to 3-5-0-1 on the year.  The Monsters head immediately to Toronto to face the Marlies at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.  The game will be televised on MY43 WUAB.

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