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Monsters Earn Three Points

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Lake Erie Monsters totaled three points during a trio of games this week to move the team’s record to 8-14-1-4 on the season.

The Monsters first dropped a 4-1 decision to Syracuse on Wednesday (Dec. 12), with Chris Stewart notching the lone Monster goal.

On Friday, Lake Erie came away with a 4-1 road victory over the Manitoba Moose. Eric Healey led the way offensively with two goals, while Michael Wall stopped 28-of-29 shots to earn his first win as a Monster. Jeff Jillson and Wes O’Neill also scored for Lake Erie, while Brent Kelly notched two assists.

Lake Erie came up short in its rematch against Manitoba on Saturday, losing by a 2-1 count following a shootout. Johnny Boychuk scored for Lake Erie, while Wall stopped 26-of-27 attempts in regulation.

The Monsters return home this weekend to Quicken Loans Arena, and will host the Peoria Rivermen on both Friday and Saturday (Dec. 21-22).

-Miami (Ohio) University junior Justin Mercier totaled four points (2g/2a) in a pair of victories over Rensselaer last weekend. The forward has posted 20 points (14g/6a) in 18 games, placing him third on the RedHawks’ scoring chart. Mercier currently ranks sixth in the nation in goals per game (0.78).

-Tom Fritsche recorded his third goal of the season on Saturday in Ohio State University’s 2-2 tie with the University of Alaska. Fritsche has totaled 11 points (3g/8a) on the season, good for second place on the Buckeyes’ leader board.

-London defenseman Kevin Montgomery had two assists in the Knights’ 8-1 win over the Erie Otters on Friday. Montgomery continues to lead all London blue liners with 26 points (6g/20a) through 34 contests.

-Peterborough goaltender Trevor Cann split a pair of contests last week. The netminder stopped 35-of-40 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Plymouth Whalers on Thursday, but bounced back with a 33-save performance in a 5-4 victory over the Sudbury Wolves on Saturday night.

-Calgary forward T.J. Galiardi scored two goals, including the game-winning power-play tally, in the Hitmen’s 5-2 win over the Red Deer Rebels on Friday. With 30 points (8g/22a) in 37 games, Galiardi ranks third on both the Hitmen and WHL rookie scoring leader boards.

-Indiana Ice forward Paul Carey tallied his team-leading 20th goal of the season on Saturday against Waterloo. Carey currently ranks third in the USHL with 30 points (20g/10a).
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