The Lake Erie Monsters hosted Milwaukee last Tuesday and earned themselves a 2-1 overtime victory over the Admirals.
Andrew Agozzino kicked off the scoring early in the first period at 3:46 with his 23rd goal of the season. He became the first player to score 60 career goals in a Monsters jersey.
He also holds sole possession of the Lake Erie franchise record for the longest point streak at 12 games. Beyond just the Monsters’ franchise record, Agozzino’s point streak is the longest in the entire American Hockey League this season
After Agozzino’s goal, there was no scoring for the rest of the first and through the entire middle frame.
With 9:59 remaining in the last regulation period, the Admirals tied the game 1-1.
The scores carried the contest into overtime, but the draw wouldn’t last long as Lake Erie’s Cody Corbett scored his second goal of the season at 4:47 of the extra period, securing a 2-1 win for the Monsters.
Goalie Calvin Pickard stopped 30 shots on goal for Lake Erie, which won for the third straight game.
The following night, April Fools was cruel on the Monsters as they fell 3-2 in overtime to the Admirals.
The first goal of the game belonged to Trevor Cheek, who scored with 8.8 seconds left in the opening frame. It was his sixth of the season.
The second period’s lone score was from Reid Petryk’s unassisted, third notch of the year and raised the Monsters’ lead to 2-0.
At 2:07 into the final stanza, the Admirals cut Lake Erie’s lead by adding a goal of their own and closing the gap to 2-1.
The teams remained at this score until 14:41 when Milwaukee tied up the scoreboard, forcing the game into overtime.
Sudden death ended in less than a minute of play, as the Admirals found twine and handed a tough 3-2 loss to the Monsters.
Pickard stopped 27 shots against the Admirals.
In its third overtime game of the week, Lake Erie fell 4-3 to the Toronto Marlies on Friday.
A scoreless first period was followed by a middle-frame goal from Michael Schumacher at 5:36.
Less than two minutes later, Agozzino scored his 24th tally of the season on a power play, making the score 2-0.
He added to his tallies several minutes later at 10:56 as he recorded his second lamp-lighter of the game, vamping up his scoring total to 25. It was his third short-handed goal in the 2014-15 campaign.
With the scoreboard set at 3-0, Lake Erie held off the Marlies until 17:01 of the second when Toronto started its three-goal comeback.
Two Toronto goals were scored in the final stanza, one at 4:44 and the other with 1:05 left in regulation, pushing the competitors into sudden death.
The game came to an end 1:06 into the extra frame when the Marlies scored their last goal, giving the Monsters a 4-3 overtime loss.
Mason Geertsen, who recently signed an entry-level deal with the Avalanche, made his professional debut with the Monsters in last Tuesday's game against the Admirals after inking an amateur tryout contract. Chris Bigras signed an amateur tryout contract with Lake Erie on Monday and made his pro debut Tuesday against Chicago.
April 7 at Chicago
April 9 vs. Rochester
April 11 at Adirondack
April 12 at Adirondack
Fort Wayne Komets
The Fort Wayne Komets hosted and defeated the Evansville IceMen 4-1 on Wednesday night. Goaltender Roman Will saved 33 shots on goal in the victory. On Friday, the Komets welcomed the Elmira Jackals to their home rink but sent them off with a 4-1 defeat. Will managed 21 saves in his second win of the week. Saturday yielded a different result for Fort Wayne as it traveled to the Indiana Famers Coliseum to take on Indy, but the Komets fell 3-2 to the Fuel. Will stopped 25 shots in the loss.
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): With the series tied at 1-1, the Owen Sound Attack fell 2-1 to the Guelph Storm last Tuesday in the third game of its opening round playoff series. Bigras recorded one assist in the loss. The following night, the Attack lost 3-2 in overtime to the Storm and then was knocked out of playoffs when they fell 2-1 on Saturday in Game 5. Bigras will finish the year with the Lake Erie Monsters after he signed an amateur tryout contract on Monday. He finished the regular season for the Attack ranked second in scoring among OHL defensemen with 71 points (20 goals, 51 assists) in 62 games. He recorded one goal and two assists in five postseason contests.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers fell 10-6 to London last Tuesday in Game 3 of their playoff series against the Knights. Magyar tallied a goal in the loss. On Thursday, Kitchener beat London 5-4, with Magyar earning an assist. The next night, the Rangers picked up another win as they beat the Knights 6-3. Magyar extended his point streak to three games with another assist in the victory. On Sunday, though, the Rangers were shutout by the Knights in a 5-0 loss and were eliminated from the playoffs. Magyar finished the regular season with 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) in 65 games. He registered a goal and two assists in six postseason games.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin missed the second half of the season after suffering a knee injury on Dec. 21 in a game against the Sudbury Wolves. Martin, Colorado’s third-round pick (63rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, appeared in 31 games for the Steelheads this season, finishing with a 15-13-1 record, a 2.98 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion continued its playoff win streak by beating Kingston 3-1 last Tuesday in its third victory over the Frontenacs. Wood recorded an assist and finished with a plus-1 rating in the win. The Battalion skated away with a 3-1 victory on Sunday in Game 4, sweeping the series and pushing the Frontenacs out of playoffs. Wood, Colorado’s third-round pick (84th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, ended the regular season with 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) in 67 games and has three assists in four playoff contests. North Bay will play Barrie in the Round 2 beginning on Friday.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Rouyn-Noranda continued its playoff series against the Val-d’Or Foreurs last Tuesday, but lost 6-2 in their third meeting of the seven-game series. The next night, the Huskies beat the Foreurs 2-1 as Nantel scored one of the goals. In a back-and-forth series for the two teams, Rouyn-Noranda fell 5-4 in overtime on Friday in Game 5. Despite scoring another goal, Nantel and the Huskies were eliminated from the postseason with a 9-2 loss in Game 6 on Sunday. Colorado’s seventh-round pick (204th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, Nantel finished the regular season with 61 points (26 goals, 35 assists) in 64 games. He recorded three goals and an assist in six playoff contests.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): After tying the series against Rouyn-Noranda 1-1 with a victory in Game 2, Val-d’Or took home its second win by beating the Huskies 6-2 last Tuesday. Pepin tallied an assist in the contest. On April Fools, the Foreurs lost 2-1 but came back on Friday to beat the Huskies 5-4 in overtime. Pepin had a goal on Sunday as Val-d'Or beat Rouyn Noranda by a whopping 9-2 score, winning the series. He ended the regular season with 27 points (18 goals, nine assists) in 47 games split between Gatineau and Val-d’Or. In six playoff contests, Pepin has registered one goal and three assists. The Foreurs will begin their next round series on Friday against Baie-Comeau.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): After the Red Deer Rebels lost both of their first two games of their first round playoff series to the Medicine Hat Tigers, they came out on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory. However, Red Deer could not balance the series when they lost 5-3 the following night in Game 4. The Rebels' season came to a close on Saturday as they lost 4-3 to the Tigers in Game 5. Bleackley had 49 points (27 goals, 22 assists) in 51 games during the regular season. The Avs' 2014 first-round selection recorded a goal in Game 4 and an assist in Game 5 of the series against Medicine Hat.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Vancouver’s season ended two weeks ago as the Giants fell seven points short of a WHL playoff spot. Geertsen was named the Giants' MVP after finishing the season with 38 points (13 goals, 25 assists) and a plus-3 overall rating in 69 games. The Colorado Avalanche signed Geertsen to a three-year, entry-level contract on March 24. He is currently playing with the Lake Erie Monsters on an amateur tryout deal.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver lost in NCAA East Regional Final to the Providence Friars by a score of 4-1 on March 29, ultimately ending its season. Butcher had an assist on one goal in the national tournament. He finished the season with 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) and a plus-6 rating in 38 games.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State fell 4-1 to No. 1-seed North Dakota on March 28 in the NCAA West Regional Final, ending the season for the Huskies. Storm finished the year with five points (two goals, three assists) in 33 games with St. Cloud.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20, Ligga Jr. A): Pajpach did not appear in a game for Tappara this season after suffering an offseason injury.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea began its semifinal playoff series with three victories over Linkoping, including a 3-2 overtime win in Game 3 on Wednesday. Skelleftea lost 3-2 in Game 4 on Friday but soon secured a spot in the league finals by beating Linkoping 3-1 on Sunday. Lindholm recorded two assists in Game 5 and has a goal and four assists in nine playoff games. He had seven assists and a plus-12 rating in 35 SHL games during the regular season.
Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten was eliminated from the MECA Hockey Race on March 25 as the team lost Game 4 against Modo Hockey by a score of 4-1. Westlund recorded a goal in nine playoff contests. He finished the regular season with 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 40 games.
Luke Walker (Graz 99ers, Eishockey Liga): The Graz 99ers ended their regular season in early March, as the team failed to make a playoff appearance. Walker finished the season ranked first on the team with 19 goals and second in scoring with 31 points in 51 games. He also tallied five power-play goals and two game-winning goals.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv finished its regular season with a 32-19-9 record before losing its West Quarterfinal series, 4-2, to Dynamo Moscow on March 28. Holos ended the regular season with 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 60 games played, which ranked second among team defensemen. He recorded one assist in six playoff contests.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): In the East Semifinals, Avangard fell to AK Bars four games to one and was eliminated from playoffs on March 27. Parshin had one assist in three playoff contests before suffering an injury in the first round. He led his team in scoring during the regular season with 56 points (25 goals, 31 assists) in 60 games, and finished with an impressive plus-18 rating.