The Lake Erie Monsters traveled to Milwaukee this past week to take on the Admirals at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Monsters were behind 2-1 after the first two periods on Tuesday, and then came back in the third to tie it up at 2-2. Ben Street scored the first Monsters goal of the game, while shorthanded, and Paul Carey tallied the equalizer.
Neither team scored in overtime, pushing the Monsters and the Admirals into a shootout. Joey Hishon scored the lone game-winning goal, ending the match in a 3-2 victory for Lake Erie.
Colin Smith tallied a pair of assists, while goaltender Calvin Pickard made 26 saves in the win.
Lake Erie added another “W” to their record on Friday when they defeated the Toronto Marlies 4-3 in overtime on home ice. Street added a goal to his five-game point streak, while Mitchell Heard and Andrew Agozzino each scored during regulation. Smith notched the game-winning goal at 5:04 in overtime, securing the victory for the Monsters.
The win was the sixth time in the last seven contests that Lake Erie has played past regulation, recording two overtime losses, three overtime wins and one shootout victory.
Pickard stood on his head on Friday, stopping 25 shots on goal for his third win in his last four starts.
The Monsters fell 4-0 the following night to the Hamilton Bulldogs, breaking Erie’s three-game win streak. Hamilton scored a top-shelf goal in the opening frame and three goals in the final stanza, leaving Lake Erie empty-handed.
Pickard had 22 saves. His record is now 11-7-4 for Lake Erie this season.
Feb. 10 vs. Charlotte
Feb. 12 vs. Charlotte
Feb. 15 at Milwaukee
Fort Wayne Komets
It was a busy, three-game weekend for the Komets, and they came out on top with a 2-1-0 record. Fort Wayne traveled to Kalamazoo on Friday, falling 6-3, but returned the next night to beat the Wings 4-2 at home. On Sunday, the Komets beat Evansville 6-2 at home, salvaging their three-game weekend by netting two wins.
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): The Attack beat the Windsor Spitfires in a high-scoring game last Thursday at Windsor Family Credit Union Sports Arena in Ontario, Canada. Bigras tallied a goal and an assist in the 7-5 victory. Owen Sound fell 4-3 the following night to the Spirit in Saginaw, Michigan, but defeated the Plymouth Whalers 4-2 on Saturday. With 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists) in 47 games this season, Bigras currently sits in 3rd place for the most points by an OHL defensemen, only nine points behind the league leader.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers played in four games last week, finishing with a 3-1-0 record. On Tuesday, the Rangers hosted the Knights at home, where they defeated London 4-2. Magyar had two goals and an assist in the victory, and was named the first star of the game. The Rangers fell 3-0 to the Sarnia Sting on Thursday at RBC Centre, but came back to beat the Sting 3-2 at home the following night. Magyar scored a goal in the second game. The Rangers’ last game of the week yielded a 5-1 win at home over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Magyar tallied an assist in the effort. Magyar has 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) in 47 games with the Rangers this season.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, suffered Dec. 21 against the Sudbury Wolves. The 19-year-old Ontario native, Colorado’s third-round pick (63rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, appeared in 31 games with the Steelheads this season. He finished the year 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 hosted Plymouth last Thursday and defeated the Whalers 5-3. The Battalion then traveled to Yardman Arena on Saturday, beating the Belleville Bulls 3-2 in a neck-and-neck game decided in a shootout. Wood had an assist in the victory over the Bulls. On Sunday, North Bay fell 6-5 to the Ottawa 67’s at the Canadian Tire Centre, where Wood had an assist. Colorado’s third-round pick (84th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, Wood has 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in 49 games this season.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Nantel had one goal in last Friday’s 5-3 loss to the Foreurs at Val-d’Or. On Sunday, his Huskies defeated the Charlottetown Islanders 4-3 on home ice. Nantel finished with an assist. Colorado’s seventh round pick (204th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, Nantel currently has 47 points (21 goals, 26 assists) in 48 games with the Huskies this season.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or): Val-d’Or faced off against visiting Rouyn-Noranda at home last Friday, where they defeated the Huskies 5-3. The following night the Foreurs played again at home, falling 4-3 to Charlottetown. Pepin recorded a goal in the loss. Pepin had 14 points (10 goals, four assists) in 24 games with the Ganteau Olympiques before he was traded to Val d’Or, where he has six points (four goals, two assists) with his new team.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): In the first day of a three-game, weekend road trip, the Red Deer Rebels traveled to Kamloops on Wednesday and beat the Blazers 3-2. Bleackley had two goals and was awarded the third star of the game for the Rebels. The Rebels lost 5-4 to the Vancouver Giants at Pacific Coliseum on Friday, where Bleackley had a goal in the loss. The following night Red Deer fell 6-2 to the Victoria Royals. He now has 49 points (27 goals, 22 assists) in 50 games with the Rebels this season.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Vancouver hosted the Red Deer Rebels on Friday, beating them 5-4. The following night, the Giants traveled to Seattle, ultimately dropping a 3-0 decision to the Thunderbirds. Geertsen added an assist,in Monday’s 5-4 home victory over the Thunderbirds. He has 31 points (nine goals, 22 assists) and a plus-7 rating through 52 games this season with the Giants.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): Colorado College hosted the University of Denver on Friday at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs. The one-game series resulted in the Pioneers defeating CC in a 3-0 shutout. Sophomore defenseman Butcher has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 24 games with Denver this season.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): Ben Storm and St. Cloud State had a bye-week after defeating Colorado College 7-1 and 6-1 over a weekend series at the end of January. SCSU will take on the University of Minnesota-Duluth on Feb. 13.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20, Ligga Jr. A): Pajpach has yet to appear in a game with Tappara this season after suffering an offseason injury.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea ended a bye-week with a 5-4 win over Brynas IF on Tuesday. Lindholm has five assists in 28 games with Skelleftea, and three points (one goal, two assists) in five games with the Malmo Redhawks on the season.
Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten beat Almtuna IS for the fourth time this season, taking home a 3-2 win on Tuesday. Westlund has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) and a plus-4 rating in 34 games with Vita Hasten this season.
Luke Walker (Graz 99ers, Eishockey Liga): The Graz 99ers skated off to a 5-2 win over Dornbirner EC on Tuesday. Walker has recorded 23 points (15 goals, eight assists) in 41 games with the 99ers this season.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv fell 3-2 to CSKA last Tuesday before suffering a 3-0 loss to Admiral the following Monday. Holos currently has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 54 games on the 2014-15 season.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard suffered a 3-2 loss to SKA last Tuesday before winning 4-3 over Jokerit on Friday. Parshin recorded two assists in Friday’s victory. He now has 52 points (24 goals, 28 assists) in 54 games, along with an impressive plus-18 rating with Avangard this season.