For the first time in their history, the Lake Erie Monsters went outside and participated in the American Hockey League's annual outdoor game. The Monsters faced off against the Rochester Americans last Friday at Frontier Field in western New York but couldn't pull out a victory as they lost 5-4 in a shootout.
While temperatures outside were well below freezing, the game itself featured heated play between the divisional opponents with 44 minutes of penalties being called and back-and forth scoring.
Lake Erie took a 3-1 lead in the second period, but Rochester scored three unanswered and led 4-3 late in the third period before the Monsters were able to score again. With one second left in regulation, Matt Hunwick scored on the power play to tie the game and force overtime.
|Bryan Lerg with the puck during the Lake Erie Monsters' outdoor game against the Rochester Americans on Dec. 13, 2013 (Photo: Allan Buxton). |
Colin Smith and Bryan Lerg scored in the best-of-five shootout, but the Monsters lost the tiebreaker 3-2.
Hunwick finished the game with two goals, while Mark Olver had one goal and two assists and Andrew Agozzino had three assists. Calvin Pickard made 26 saves in net for the Monsters.
Prior to its outdoor game, Lake Erie lost 4-2 to Rochester on Wednesday in a game played indoors. Olver and Paul Carey scored for the Monsters and Sami Aittokallio stopped 24 shots in the contest.
Lake Erie continued its road trip on Sunday in Utica, N.Y., where it lost its second shootout in a row. Olver and Stefan Elliot scored the regulation goals for the Monsters in the 3-2 shootout loss. Aittokallio made 28 saves and his record now drops to 5-4-1 on the season.
Despite being on a four-game losing streak, the Monsters still hold a playoff position as they're in eighth place in the Western Conference with a 12-11-3 record (27 points). Lake Erie is just one point behind Rochester for second in the North Division (12-11-4, 28 points) and two points behind division-leading Toronto (14-9-1, 29 points).
Dec. 20 at Rochester
Dec. 21 vs. Rochester
Dec. 27 vs. Hamilton
Kieran Millan was in goal on Wednesday and stopped 32 shots in a 3-1 loss to St. Charles. Kent Patterson stymied 30 shots on Friday night to lead the Cutthroats to a 4-1 victory over Arizona. Patterson was back in goal on Saturday and made 24 saves in a 4-3 loss to Arizona.
Dec. 20 vs. Rapid City
Dec. 21 vs. Rapid City
Dec. 27 at Arizona
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): Bigras was at Team Canada's world junior camp over the weekend in Toronto and helped Canada defeat the CIS Toronto Selects 3-0 in an exhibition game on Saturday. His junior team, the Attack, toppled the Kitchener Rangers 5-2 on Friday night but lost 4-0 to Guelph on Saturday. Owen Sound defeated Windsor 3-2 on Sunday.
Joseph Blandisi (Ottawa 67’s): Blandisi and the 67’s couldn’t make a comeback and lost 5-2 on Tuesday to Oshawa. Blandisi had a goal in Friday’s 4-3 loss to Belleville.
Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes): Peterborough faced Windsor on Thursday and lost 4-2. The Petes edged past Saginaw for a 5-2 victory on Friday. Clarke had a goal in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Plymouth.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin was in goal for Wednesday’s 9-1 loss to Erie and finished with 18 saves in the contest. The Steelheads came back on Friday for a 3-2 win over Barrie. Martin made 23 saves in the win and improved to 14-17-1 on the season.
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars): The Cougars were defeated 3-1 on Tuesday by Kootenay. Bourke posted two assists in Friday’s 5-1 victory against Tri-City. Bourke had a goal in Saturday’s 6-3 loss to Spokane, but the Cougars returned on Sunday for a 3-1 win over Vancouver.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Geertsen racked up 20 penalty minutes in Tuesday’s 3-2 win against Victoria. Geertsen faced a three-game suspension after the contest and was not present for Vancouver’s 3-0 shutout win over Everett on Friday. Vancouver came back to beat Everett again on Saturday, 6-3. Vancouver fell to Prince George 3-1 on Sunday. Geertsen is due back for the Giants' Dec. 28 game against Kelowna.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): Butcher is currently participating at Team USA's world junior training camp in Minnesota. The Pioneers defeated Rensselaer 2-1 in overtime on Friday but played to a 1-1 tie on Saturday
Nate Condon (University of Minnesota): The Gophers have nearly a month off between games. Condon and Minnesota return to action on Jan. 3-4, 2014 for the Mariucci Classic against Colgate and Ferris State or RPI.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan): Michigan edged past No. 4 Ferris State for a 3-2 shootout win on Wednesday.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): St. Cloud State University suffered a 4-1 loss on Friday to Union College. The two teams played to a 3-3 tie on Saturday.
Gus Young (Yale University): Yale is in a 20-day stretch where it doesn't play a game. Young and Bulldogs return Dec. 27 against the Russian Red Stars.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Holos had an assist in Lokomotiv's 4-2 victory over Salavat on Wednesday. The club fell 4-2 to Neftekhimik on Friday.
Denis Parshin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod): Parshin and Torpedo defeated Spartak Moscow 4-2 on Wednesday. Torpedo came back for a 1-0 shootout victory over Medvescak on Friday.
Tomas Vincour (Ak Bars Kazan): Ak Bars fell to Medvescak 6-5 on Wednesday. Ak Bars beat Spartak Moscow 2-1 on Friday.
Luke Walker (Medvescak Zagreb): Medvescak beat Ak Bars 6-5 on Wednesday. The club fell 1-0 in a shootout against Torpedo on Friday.
Wilhelm Westlund (Farjestads BK): Farjestads beat Lulea Hockey 2-1 on Tuesday. Farjestads fell 2-1 in a shootout to Vaxjo on Thursday. The club couldn’t rally to a victory on Saturday as it lost 4-3 in overtime to Orebro.