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11/29/2010 11:05 AM
Over the weekend the Monsters concluded an 11-day stretch in which they played eight games. Lake Erie posted a 5-2-1-0 record during that time, improving to 11-9-2-2 overall. The Monsters have claimed five of a possible six points in their last three games.
During Lake Erie's most recent road trip, broadcaster Ben Holden captured footage from Allstate Arena in Chicago and Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
Friday vs. Oklahoma City
On Friday, November 26th, the Monsters hosted the Oklahoma City Barons for the first time ever.
Riding a four-game point streak into Friday’s contest, the Barons rallied for a 3-2 overtime win over Lake Erie.
Oklahoma City opened the scoring at 6:47 of the first period when Liam Reddox notched his 11th of the campaign.
Luke Walker tied the game with his third of the season at 6:01 of the second, before Mark Olver gave Lake Erie a 2-1 lead at the 14:38 mark.
Late in the third period, the Barons tied the game at 2-2 to force overtime.
In the extra session, a goal by Colin McDonald gave the Barons their third straight win.
Lake Erie goaltender John Grahame made 33 saves in his first game since October 24th. Grahame was with the Colorado Avalanche from October 27th-November 18th, but did not appear in a game with the parent club. His overall record stands at 2-3-0 this season.
The Monsters are 0-2 in overtime games and 1-3 outside of regulation.
The Barons entered Saturday’s contest with a 10-2-0-1 record in their previous 13 games, but were cooled off by a 5-3 loss to the Monsters.
Olver opened the scoring just 7:49 into the game, before Ryan Stoa ended the first period with a power play goal at the 19:17 mark. Patrick Rissmiller assisted both goals for his first multi-point game of the season as a Monster.
After a scoreless middle frame, the Barons quickly evened the score at 2-2 in the third period. Jeff Petry scored just 36 seconds into the period, before he set up Brad Moran with the game-tying goal at 3:42.
Ben Walter scored at 4:20 and Kevin Montgomery added a power play tally 7:38 to regain Lake Erie’s two-goal lead.
The Barons cut their deficit in half at the 10:19 mark, but Stoa finalized a 5-3 score sheet with his second power play goal of the night.
Lake Erie’s three power play goals in that game tied a season high.
Including his first goal of the season in the third period, Montgomery has recorded seven points in his last eight games (1G, 7A).
Olver assisted Montgomery for his ninth point (6G, 3A) in his last eight games and he leads the Monsters in goals (9) and points (17).
Walker also assisted Montgomery, marking his first back-to-back points of the season.
Stoa’s two-goal outing came as his second in three games, while Julian Talbot registered two assists for the second time in three outings.
Trevor Cann stopped 28 of 31 shots faced, improving his record to 2-3-0 on the season. Cann holds a 3.75 GAA and a .885 save percentage.
The Monsters are idle until Friday, December 3rd, when they host the Chicago Wolves. After a pair of recent losses in Chicago (Nov. 21, 5-2; Nov. 23, 6-3), Lake Erie will look to bounce back from this season's 0-2-1-0 mark against the Wolves.
On Saturday, December 4th, the Monsters will host Peoria for their first game of the season against the Rivermen.
By the Numbers
Lake Erie has scored eight power play goals in its last five games.
Center Mike Carman’s three shorthanded goals ties for first in the AHL.
The Monsters have notched five shorthanded tallies this season, which ties for second in the league.
Olver’s 17 points (9G, 8A) tie him for third place among AHL rookies.
Home Sweet Home
The Monsters are 6-3-2-1 at Quicken Loans Arena this season.
With a 93.7% efficiency, Lake Erie owns the AHL’s best home penalty killing unit.
The Monsters rank fourth in overall penalty killing at 88.2%.
Through 12 home games this season, the Monsters have welcomed 66,821 fans to Quicken Loans Arena.
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