Preseason Starts with a Loss

The Lake Erie Monsters fell 2-0 to the Charlotte Checkers in the preseason opener Friday evening. Matthew Pistilli’s first-period power play goal proved to be all the Checkers would need.

Power plays were the difference-maker in the first period. The Monsters failed to convert on their two man-advantages, while the Checkers scored on one of their four power plays in the opening frame. Pistilli slipped one by Monsters goalie James Reid at 9:34 of the first to give the Checkers a 1-0 lead.

With 10:05 remaining in the second period, the Monsters switched netminders. James Reid exited the contest in favor of former Michigan Wolverines goalie Bryan Hogan. Reid’s book closed with the former Spokane Chief registering 22 saves on 23 shots against.

Former Monsters player Chris Durno added an empty-net goal for the Checkers with just under 15 seconds remaining in the game to give Charlotte a 2-0 lead.

Hogan finished the game in net for the Monsters without surrendering a goal. Hogan turned away all 17 shots he faced in the game.

The two teams will meet again Saturday at 1:00 PM to conclude the exhibition schedule.


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