Trip to Illinois Results in Pair of Losses

Photos courtesy of Greg Hamil
The second half of this weekend's back-to-back in Illinois ended the same as the first for Lake Erie. The Monsters dropped a 4-2 decision to the IceHogs in Rockford on Saturday night. The loss comes on the heels of Friday's 3-2 defeat in Chicago. Lake Erie is now 8-15-0-2 on the season, while Rockford is 14-11-2-1 after their win on Saturday.

It only took four minutes for the IceHogs to take the lead over Lake Erie, which they would never relinquish. Daryl Boyle scored 4:26 into the first period, getting by Monsters rookie goalie Billy Sauer, who started his first game as a professional. Boyle was assisted by Mark Cullen and Pete MacArthur.

Each team got off nine shots in the first, but neither was able to score for the remainder of the period. Rockford took their 1-0 lead into the second. Twenty-two minutes passed between scores, as the IceHogs would light the lamp again at the 6:08 mark of the second period. Bryan Bickell found the back of the Monsters net off helpers from MacArthur and Richard Petiot.

Yet again a full period would go by between goals, as again neither team could convert through the rest of the second period. Kyle Greentree padded the IceHogs' lead to three with his goal at 4:37 of the third period. Jack Skille and Bracken Kearns were given the assists.

Finding themselves down 3-0 in the final frame, Lake Erie would finally cut into the deficit with a Brett Skinner power play goal at 6:25. Darren Haydar and T.J. Hensick assisted on the score.

Eleven minutes later Rockford increased their lead back to three with Greentree's second goal of the night. The power play score at 17:17 was helped by Skille and Cullen.

The Monsters would not give up until the bitter end, as Marty Sertich found the back of the net with just 15 seconds to go in the game, resulting in the 4-2 final score. Skinner and Brian Willsie assisted.

Sauer finished the night with 25 saves on 29 shots. Joe Fallon was in net for the IceHogs and recorded 22 saves on 24 shots.

The Monsters will be off until next weekend when they will play three games in three nights.


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