Power Play Goals Lift Monsters

Monsters vs AdmiralsPhoto by Lake Erie Monsters / Ben Hall


Three power play goals – including two by David van der Gulik - and 27 saves from rookie goalie Calvin Pickard carried the Lake Erie Monsters (26-21-2-7) to a 3-1 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals (25-22-3-3) Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. van der Gulik’s two goals comes on the heels of his four-point (2g/2a) performance in Lake Erie’s 7-1 win over the same Admirals on Thursday. Paul Carey earned an assist in Tuesday’s win, extending his point streak to eight games; his streak is currently the longest active one in the AHL.

van der Gulik hammered in a rebound from a Karl Stollery shot to give the Monsters a 1-0 lead on the power play at 8:02 of the first period, with Mike Sgarbossa also picking up an assist.

Former Monster Chris Mueller capitalized on a Lake Erie defensive zone turnover with 2:10 left in the first period to tie the game at 1-1 for Milwaukee.

After a scoreless second period in which Pickard made 14 saves, van der Gulik tipped a Cameron Gaunce point shot past Milwaukee goalie Magnus Hellberg for his second power play goal of the game, giving the Monsters a 2-1 lead at 5:26 of the third period. Mike Connolly also gathered an assist on the play.

Monsters vs Admirals

At 17:46 of the third period, Bill Thomas beat Hellberg short-side on a rebound for a power play goal- his team-leading 19th of the season- to extend the Monsters lead to 3-1. Carey and Stollery assisted; Carey’s helper extends his point streak to eight games.

Pickard is 15-12-5 with the win; he stopped 27 of 28 shots in net for the Monsters. Hellberg saw a personal six-game win streak end in net; after stopping 31 of 34 shots, he is now 10-7-0 for Milwaukee.

The Monsters are back on the ice Saturday and Sunday for a weekend back-to-back, hosting Hamilton and Rochester, respectively.

NOTES: The Monsters are now 12-10-1-4 at home, and 3-0-0-0 against Milwaukee this season with one more game remaining in the season series… Carey has five goals and five assists over his eight-game point streak… Karl Stollery has at least a point in four straight games; his two assists tonight give him a goal and four assists over his last four games… With an assist, Cameron Gaunce has three assists over his last four games… David van der Gulik has four goals and six points in three games against Milwaukee this season… Mike Sgarbossa has a goal and an assist in two games since returning from a six-game stint with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche… The Monsters were 3-8 on the power play, scoring three power play goals for the third time this season… The Monsters are 11-30 on the power play over their last seven games… The Monsters were 5-5 on the penalty kill, which included killing off a full five-minute Milwaukee power play; the Monsters are 18-20 on the penalty kill over their last four games.

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