Monsters Outshot in Peoria on Friday

Not-so-fresh off an overtime loss at home on Thursday, Lake Erie traveled to Peoria on Friday for the middle game of three contests in three nights, and the third of four games in five nights. The Monsters were able to put up just half the shots on goal as their opponent on the way to falling, 5-2, to Peoria.  The Monsters were not able to gain the elusive first win against the Rivermen, as they are 0-3-0-1 against them this season.

The Rivermen did most of their damage in the first period.  Julian Talbot got his team, and his own, scoring of the night started with his goal at 12:07 of the opening stanza.  Micki DuPont and Nicholas Drazenovic were given the assists.

Talbot struck again a minute later, notching his second of the night at 13:51.  He was assisted by Drazenovic again and Martin Kariya.

Nikolay Lemtyugov finished up the Rivermen first-period scoring with an unassisted goal at 16:48.  Peoria outshot Lake Erie, 12-2, in the period. 

The score remained 3-0 through the end of the second period.  Although the Rivermen outshot the Monsters again, 13-5, in the set, Lake Erie goaltender Jason Bacashihua turned away all the shots he faced.  

Peoria, however, started the third the way they ended the first, as Talbot completed his hat trick at the 4:14 mark of the final period.  Kariya helped on the score.

Lake Erie's offense came to life in the third, matching Peoria on shots, 12-12.  T.J. Hensick put the Monsters on the board for the first time at 11:58.  Johnny Boychuk and Michael Vernace were credited with the assists. 

The Rivermen fired back, as Lemtyugov scored again at the 17:11 point of the third, assisted by Talbot and DuPont.

Mark McCutcheon notched a second tally for Lake Erie at 18:45.  Dan DaSilva and Hensick helped on the goal, resulting in the 5-2 final.  With his pair of points on the night, Hensick has recorded seven points (1G, 6A) in five straight games for the Monsters.  DaSilva has three points (1G, 2A) in as many games.

Bacashihua had 32 saves on 37 shots faced for the Monsters.  Peoria netminder Ben Bishop recorded 17 saves on 19 shots. 

The Monsters head to Quad City now to face the Flames on Saturday night.


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