Monsters Fall Short Against IceHogs

Despite tying the game in the third period, the Lake Erie Monsters (9-7-1-0) saw their winless streak extend to four games as they fell to the Rockford IceHogs (8-8-0-1) by a 4-2 score before a crowd of 9,480 at Quicken Loans Arena. Luke Walker and Tyson Barrie had power play goals for the Monsters, and Mike Sgarbossa registered a pair of assists for Lake Erie in the loss.

Rockford’s Nick Leddy scored a power play goal from the left point at 1:07 of the first period to give Rockford the game’s first goal, and Kyle Beach extended the IceHogs lead to 2-0 at 8:08 of the second period.

Later in the second, with the Monsters on a power play, Bryan Lerg found Sgarbossa open in the left wing corner, and Sgarbossa sent a perfect backdoor pass to Walker, who fired the puck past Rockford goalie Alec Richards to pull the Monsters to within a goal at 12:37 of the middle frame.  Walker’s goal was his fifth of the season.

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The Monsters tied the game on the power play when Sgarbossa, from the right circle, spotted defenseman Barrie moving toward the net.  The two connected on a pass, and Barrie snapped a puck past Richards for his fifth goal of the season at 2:58 of the third period.  Barrie’s goal was also assisted by Thomas Pock.

Rockford added two goals in the third period; a Brandon Saad wrist shot from the left circle that beat Lake Erie’s Sami Aittokallio high to the glove side at 10:40 of the final period, and an Andrew Shaw empty-net goal in the final moments.

Aittokallio (4-4-0) stopped 33 of 36 shots for the Monsters. Richards (3-1-0) stopped 30 of 32 shots in the Rockford net.

The Monsters and IceHogs play again Saturday night at The Q, with the action beginning at 7:30 PM. The game can be heard live on ESPN 850 WKNR and seen live on MY 43 THE BLOCK WUAB.

NOTES: Tonight’s crowd of 9,480 was the second largest of the season so far, behind Opening Night, and the second straight Friday night with more than 9,000 in attendance… The Monsters four-game winless streak (0-3-1-0) is their longest such streak of the season… The Monsters were 2-7 on the power play in the game; they are now 4-22 on the power play over their last six games… The Monsters are 0-2-0-0 against Rockford this season after carrying a perfect 4-0-0-0 record in last season’s season series against them… The Monsters are 6-3-0-0 when Luke Walker gets a point… Sgarbossa’s pair of assists snapped a three-game streak in which he had no points; the longest streak of the season… Patrick Bordeleau of the Monsters and Rockford’s Brandon Bollig were issued fighting majors at the 0:03 mark of the opening period.


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