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Over the weekend, the Lake Erie Monsters made several team and individual accomplishments. Broadcaster Ben Holden reflects on this weekend’s games and takes a look ahead at Wednesday’s 10:45 a.m. tilt with the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Monsters are currently in an eight-game home stand, their longest of the season.
Most Recently: On the Sunday, the Monsters dropped a 4-3 decision in a seven-round shootout against the Grand Rapids Griffins.
After a scoreless first period, the two teams traded goals before the Griffins built a 3-1 lead in the third period. Lake Erie battled back to even the score at three goals apiece, sending the game to overtime for the second time in as many outings. The Monsters recorded three shots on goal in overtime and held Grand Rapids to just one.
The extra session also ended in a stalemate, sending the game to a shootout in which two of the first three shooters scored for both teams. Mark Olver and Ryan Stoa scored in rounds one and two, respectively, for Lake Erie, while Ilari Filppula scored in the first round and Jan Mursak scored in the third for Grand Rapids. Both goaltenders made stellar saves to force a seventh round, when Tomas Tatar scored to give the Griffins their third win in their last four games.
On Friday, November 5th, the Monsters tallied three power play goals in the first period to build a 3-0 lead over the Chicago Wolves, but ultimately fell by a 6-5 count in overtime.
Former Lake Erie standout, Darren Haydar, recorded a natural hat trick in Chicago’s come-from-behind victory. The Wolves trailed 5-3 in the second period, but Haydar scored at 16:39 of the middle frame, and then tied the game at 11:40 of the third. In overtime, Haydar finished his three-goal performance with a power play goal with less than a second remaining in the five-minute session.
Haydar became the first player to record a hat trick against the Monsters since Toronto’s Christian Hanson on October 20, 2009.
Lake Erie has gained at least a point in each of their last four games (2-0-1-1), while they haven’t lost in regulation since a 6-3 setback to the Manitoba Moose on October 29th.
Leading the Way: Greg Mauldin and Julian Talbot have each recorded five goals and four assists this season, sharing the team lead with nine points.
Rookie defenseman, Joel Chouinard, has recorded at least a point in all five games he’s played in this season (3G, 3A). He is currently the only player in Lake Erie’s lineup who is averaging over a point per game.
Center Ben Walter recorded seven points (3G, 4A) in six consecutive games (Oct. 22-Nov. 5). His point streak stands as the longest of any Monster this season.
Forward Curtis Fraser notched his first goal of the season and his first multi-point outing of the season with two goals in Sunday’s game against Grand Rapids. With an assist on Friday against Chicago, Fraser also marked his first back-to-back points of the season.
Left wing Zach Cohen registered two assists on Sunday against Grand Rapids for his first multi-point outing of the season.
Defenseman Ray Macias recorded a goal and an assist on Friday, marking his first multi-point outing of the season.
Between the Pipes: Trevor Cann appeared in his first game of the season with the Monsters on Friday, November 5th, against Chicago. With 29 saves on the night, Cann owns a GAA of .829.
Jason Bacashihua made his eighth start of the season on Sunday, November 7th, against Grand Rapids and turned aside 18 of 21 shots. Bacashihua’s overall record is 3-3-2-1, with GAA of 2.46 and a save percentage of .894.
MONSTERFEST: With a 2-0 win over the Manitoba Moose on October 31st, Lake Erie kicked off an eight-game home stand, its longest of the campaign. Lake Erie has posted a 2-1-1-1 record within friendly confines this season, while their only regulation loss took place on October 29th against Manitoba.
The Monsters will face three North Division opponents (Hamilton, Grand Rapids, Toronto) during the next five games of their eight-game home stand:
November 10 vs. Hamilton Bulldogs, 10:45 a.m.
November 12 vs. Milwaukee Admirals, 7:30 p.m.
November 13 vs. Milwaukee Admirals, 1 p.m.
November 17 vs. Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.
November 19 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
On the Big Stage: Since being recalled by the Colorado Avalanche on October 20th, defenseman David Liffiton has scored one goal off two shots, while posting a plus-3 rating. The former Lake Erie captain has also racked up 15 penalty minutes.
David van der Gulik, who was recalled by Colorado on October 22nd, has notched two points (1G, 1A) through four games played with the parent club. He has also posted eight shots, two penalty minutes and a plus-3 efficiency.
On November 3rd, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was recalled by the Avs. In two games, he has recorded a plus-1 rating, four shots and two penalty minutes.
On Friday, October 5th, defenseman Colby Cohen received his first call up. He made his NHL debut against the Dallas Stars the next night, posting one shot, a plus-1 rating and four penalty minutes.
Kevin Porter was also recalled on Friday, and appeared in his seventh game of the season with the Avalanche the next night. Porter registered two goals off two shots, along with a plus-3 rating in Colorado’s 5-0 whitewash over the Stars.
New Faces: On Thursday, October 4th, defenseman R.J. Anderson signed to a professional tryout with Lake Erie. He appeared in his first game with the Monsters on Friday, recording an assist, two penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating.
Defenseman Brandon Rogers signed to a professional tryout with Lake Erie on Saturday, November 6th, and he appeared in his first game the Monsters on Sunday against Grand Rapids. Rogers recorded two penalty minutes in his debut with Lake Erie.
By the Numbers: Lake Erie’s three power play goals against Chicago on November 5th set a season high for power play tallies in a game.
With a total of four goals in the opening frame, the Monsters also set a season high for goals scored in a single period. Their five goals on the night set a season high for goals in a single game, and the 11 goals combined between the two teams marks the highest scoring game Lake Erie has played this season.
Come Join Us: Through six games this season, the Monsters have welcomed 36,372 fans to Quicken Loans Arena. Lake Erie’s average attendance of 6,062 is fourth in the league, behind Hearshey (1st), Manitoba (2nd) and Providence (3rd).
Next Up: The Monsters will host the Hamilton Bulldogs on Wednesday, November 10th for a 10:45 a.m. faceoff. The Bulldogs stand at the top of the North Division with an overall record of 7-1-1-2.
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