Power Play Goal Leads Monsters To Victory

Three third-period power play goals gave the Lake Erie Monsters (3-1-0-0) a 5-3 victory over the Oklahoma City Barons (2-2-0-0) in Oklahoma City Saturday night. Tyson Barrie had a goal and two assists to lead the Monsters, who had 12 different players register a point. Rookie Lake Erie goalie Sami Aittokallio won his second straight game in net.

Oklahoma City scored first when Curtis Hamilton took a feed at the bottom of the right circle from Taylor Fedun and one-timed the puck past the outstretched left pad of Aittokallio at 7:27 of the first period.

Barrie scored to tie the game at 1-1 with his third of the season when he followed a Monsters rush into the offensive zone at 17:22 of the first period. Byan Lerg sent a pass to the front of the net, and Barrie fired it by Barons netminder Olivier Roy with no hesitation. The goal gave Barrie a tally in three straight games, and was also assisted by David van der Gulik.

At 1:56 of the second period, the Monsters took a 2-1 lead when Paul Carey sent a pass to the front of the net for Andrew Agozzino on the rush, and Agozzino fired a puck upstairs on Roy to give the Monsters their first lead of the game. Luke Walker also assisted.

The Barons answered with a pair of goals to regain a one-goal lead heading into the second intermission. Justin Schultz tied the game at 4:17 of the second period, and Magnus Pajaarvi gave the Barons a 3-2 lead on a shot from the blue line through traffic at 10:03 of the second period.

Thomas Pock tied the score with his second goal of the season at 7:00 of the third period on a point shot with the Monsters on a two-man advantage. Barrie and Geoff Walker assisted on the goal that tied the score at 3-3.

Karl Stollery gave the Monsters a 4-3 lead with another power play goal on a shot from the right point along the ice at 11:53 of the third period; his first of the season. Bill Thomas and Olver assisted on the eventual game-winner.

Olver, with an assist from Brad Malone, iced the game with an empty-netter with 11 seconds left to give the Monsters a 5-3 lead. The goal was Olver’s first of the season. Barrie also assisted.

Aittokallio stopped 27 of 30 shots and is 2-0-0 with the win. Roy stopped 22 of 26 shots and is 1-1-0 with the loss.

The Monsters are back in action against the Texas Stars Sunday evening at 6:00 PM Eastern. Hear all the action live on AM 1220 WHKW.

NOTES: The Monsters were 3-4 on the power play, and 2-2 on the penalty kill… The Monsters are 27-28 on the penalty kill to start the season… The Monsters are 2-1-0-0 against OKC on the young season, and finish the four-game season series against the Barons on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City… Olver’s multi-point effort was his first of the season… Malone now has assists in three of four games this season…Pock led the Monsters with four shots on net in the game… The Monsters allowed half of the 30 shots OKC had in the game during the second period; a frame in which the Barons scored twice… The Barons hadn’t allowed more than one goal in a period this season; the Monsters scored three in the third.

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