Monsters Top Bulldogs; Win 5th Straight

Monsters vs MonstersPhoto by Lake Erie Monsters / Ben Hall

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Three consecutive goals over the first and second periods propelled the Lake Erie Monsters (34-30-3-7) to a 3-2 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs (28-38-1-5) on Saturday night, giving the Monsters their longest win streak of the season. A crowd of 9,386 at Quicken Loans Arena saw the Monsters win their fifth straight game. Paul Carey and Tomas Vincour each had a goal and an assist, while Jamie MacQueen added a goal for the Monsters. Calvin Pickard won his third straight start in net, and his 19th game of the season. Saturday's game was the second half of a home-and-home between the two teams. Lake Erie defeated the Bulldogs 6-2 in Hamilton on Friday.

Marc Hagel centered a pass to MacQueen on a two-on-one rush, and MacQueen redirected a backhand to beat Hamilton goalie Robert Mayer and give the Monsters a 1-0 lead at 15:08 of the first period. The goal was MacQueen's third this season.

On another rush at 16:27, Carey sent a puck toward the goal that bounced off Vincour and into the net to give the Monsters a 2-0 lead. Karl Stollery also assisted on the goal. The Monsters led 2-0 after the first period. Monsters vs Crunch

In the second, Vincour spotted Carey open in front of the Hamilton net on a power play, and Carey one-timed a puck past Mayer at 11:09 of the to stretch the Monsters lead to 3-0.

Between 14:17 and 16:57 of the second period, Hamilton received goals from Petteri Nokelainen and Michael Bournival to pull to within a goal of the Monsters, making the score 3-2.

Pickard stood tall, making 11 saves in the third period to preserve the 3-2 win for the Monsters.

Pickard stopped 23 of 25 shots in the win and is 19-19-5. Mayer took the loss for Hamilton and is 15-17-3 after stopping 18 of 21 shots.

NOTES: Paul Carey has points in five straight games, notching four goals and three assists over the last five games... Vincour has four goals and five assists for nine points in four games since joining the Monsters... Pickard is 4-2-0 this season against Hamilton... The Monsters finish the eight-game season series against Hamilton with a 5-2-0-1 record... The Monsters are 15-15-2-4 at home... The Monsters were 1-6 on the power play and 4-5 on the penalty kill.

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