The Lake Erie Monsters traveled to Chicago on Friday to take on the Wolves in their first of three road games this past weekend. The Monsters came away with a 5-1 victory.
Lake Erie defenseman and recent AHL All-Star selection Stefan Elliott scored two goals 49 seconds apart to give the Monsters a 2-0 lead midway through the opening period. Forward Paul Carey pushed the lead to 3-0 heading into the intermission, scoring his 10th goal of the season at 15:37 of the first frame.
Chicago cut the Monsters' lead to 3-1 early in the second period, but Lake Erie held on to the two-goal advantage through 40 minutes of play.
Perhaps the highlight of Friday night’s game came in the third period after Chicago had pulled goaltender Matt Climie for an extra attacker late in regulation. Lake Erie goalie Reto Berra, playing in his first game of a two-week conditioning assignment by the Colorado Avalanche, shot the puck the length of the ice and into the empty net to give the Monsters a 4-1 lead.
Berra became just the 11th goaltender in the AHL’s 79-year history to be credited with scoring a goal and the seventh to actually shoot the puck in the opposition's net. He finished the game with 20 saves on 21 shots in his debut with the Monsters.
Troy Bourke finished the scoring for Lake Erie at 19:46 with a power-play goal.
On Saturday, the Monsters traveled to Iowa for the first of two road games against the Wild. The Monsters fell 4-1 with their only goal coming from Mitchell Heard. Kenny Ryan and Bruno Gervais assisted on Heard’s fifth tally of the season.
Berra made 24 saves on 28 shots faced in the losing effort.
Despite overcoming a two-goal deficit early in the game on Sunday, Lake Erie dropped its second consecutive game against Iowa, 4-3 in overtime. The game-winning goal came in the form of a penalty shot 1:32 into the extra period. Forwards Samuel Henley, Colin Smith and Andrew Agozzino each tallied a goal in regulation, while defenseman Maxim Noreau picked up two assists.
Berra (1-1-1) finished with 28 saves on 32 shots.
Lake Erie (16-16-6) will host San Antonio on Thursday and Saturday this week.
Following this Saturday's game in Cleveland, Elliott will be heading to Utica, N.Y., for AHL All-Star Classic. The All-Star Skills Competition is on Sunday while the Western Conference versus Eastern Conference game is on Monday.
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Fort Wayne Komets
Fort Wayne defeated Evansville 4-2 on Friday night, as Garrett Meurs finished with two assists and four shots on goal in the winning effort. Goaltender Roman Will made 19 saves on 21 shots.
On Saturday, the Komets traveled to Kalamazoo for the first game of a home-and-home series with the Wings. Kalamazoo defeated the Komets 4-2 in the first game, with Meurs scoring one goal and registering three shots in the loss. Will finished the game with 24 saves on 28 shots.
The Wings recorded their second win in as many nights on Sunday, defeating the Komets by a close score of 2-1. Will made 27 saves on 29 shots in the losing effort.
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): The Owen Sound Attack defeated the Peterborough Petes 3-1 on Thursday before falling 4-2 to Ottawa the following night. Bigras scored one goal in the losing effort against the 67’s. On Sunday, the Attack traveled to Mississauga and picked up a 3-1 victory over the Steelheads. Bigras finished the game with a plus-1 rating. He currently ranks third in scoring among OHL defensemen with 42 points (13 goals, 29 assists) in 39 games this season.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers traveled to Sarnia on Thursday, coming away with a 3-2 overtime victory. Magyar tallied one assist in the win. The Rangers defeated Oshawa 3-2 on Friday before traveling to Windsor the following night. Kitchener beat the Spitfires 5-4 in a shootout, with Magyar finishing with a plus-2 rating.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, suffered Dec. 21 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. He finishes the year with a 15-13-1 record, a 2.98 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): North Bay dropped a close game, 2-1 in a shootout, on Thursday against the Barrie Colts, but the Battalion was able to bounce back the next day by defeating Niagara 4-3 in overtime. Wood tallied a goal and an assist in the victory. The Battalion finished its weekend in Erie on Saturday, losing a high-scoring game, 6-5 in overtime. Wood contributed one assist in the loss.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Rouyn-Noranda traveled to Gatineau on Friday, ultimately losing 4-1. Nantel recorded two shots on goal in the loss. The Huskies dropped their second consecutive game on Saturday, losing 4-2 to Blainville-Boisbriand. Nantel recorded an assist on the Huskies' second period power-play goal. He has 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 41 games this season.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): Val d’Or traveled to Shawiningan on Wednesday, dropping a 6-4 decision to the Cataractes. On Friday, Val-d’Or defeated Victoriaville 10-2 in a dominating performance over the Tigres. Pepin contributed a goal and an assist in the victory, finishing the game with a plus-2 rating. The Foreurs closed the week with a 5-3 loss on Sunday to Rimouski.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-3 last Tuesday. Bleackley added two goals and had a plus-1 rating, earning himself first star of the game honors. He tallied two more goals the following night as Red Deer beat Calgary 5-4 in a shootout. On Friday, Red Deer hosted Victoria, losing 2-1 in a shootout. The Rebels came away with a shootout victory of their own the next night as they defeated Regina 4-3. Bleackley has 43 points (22 goals, 21 assists) and a plus-9 rating in 44 games this season.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): The Vancouver Giants were shutout in back-to-back games this past weekend, losing 3-0 to Tri-City on Friday and 1-0 to Kamloops on Saturday. Geertsen, Colorado’s fourth-round pick (93rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, has 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) in 42 games this season.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): Will Butcher and the Pioneers faced the St. Cloud State Huskies and fellow Avs prospect Ben Storm in back-to-back home games at Magness Arena this past weekend. Butcher and his DU teammates emerged victorious in both contests, defeating the Huskies 3-1 on Friday and 4-1 on Saturday. Butcher assisted on teammate Danton Heinen’s game-winning goal in the third period on Saturday night.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): Storm and St. Cloud State traveled to Colorado last weekend to take on the University of Denver and fellow Avalanche 2013 NHL Draft pick Will Butcher. The Huskies lost both games to the Pioneers, falling 3-1 on Friday and 4-1 on Saturday. Storm has one goal in 15 games this season.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20, Ligga Jr. A): Pajpach has yet to appear in a game for Tappara this season after suffering an offseason injury.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea lost 3-2 to Frolunda HC on Friday before defeating Brynas IF 7-2 on Saturday night. Lindholm tallied an assist and finished the game with three shots and a plus-2 rating in the victory. Skelleftea tied Lulea Hockey 2-2 last Tuesday in the first leg of the semifinals in the Champions Hockey League, with Lindholm scoring a goal. Earlier today, Skelleftea fell 3-2 to Lulea in the second leg, eliminating the club from the CHL playoffs. Lindholm had two goals in 11 CHL games.
Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten lost 4-1 to VIK Vasteras on Thursday in its only game last week. Westlund has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) and a plus-4 rating in 29 games this season.
Luke Walker (Graz 99ers, Eishockey Liga): The Graz 99ers beat SAPA 4-2 on Friday, as Walker contributed one goal and finished with a plus-1 rating in the victory. On Sunday, the 99ers fell 5-4 in overtime against EC Red Bull. Walker has 20 points (13 goals, seven assists) in 37 games for the Graz 99ers this season.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv was shutout 3-0 by Dinamo on Thursday but was able to bounce back two nights later by defeating Atlant 4-1. Holos has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 48 games this season.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard dropped a 3-1 decision to Metallurg on Wednesday before defeating Barys 4-1 on Saturday night. Parshin continues to lead his team in scoring with 47 points (22 goals, 25 assists) and has an impressive plus-19 rating in 48 games this season. Parshin will represent Avangard on Team East during the KHL All-Star Game Jan. 24-25 in Sochi.