Third Period Too Much for Monsters

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It only took 33 seconds for the tides to turn for the Monsters in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.  Lake Erie was tied, 1-1, with the Penguins after two periods, but would give up two goals within 33 seconds midway through the third to fall, 3-1.  The game was the third in a nine-game road swing for Lake Erie.  They are 1-2 on the trip so far, and with Wednesday's loss fall to 21-26-1-5 on the season.

Monsters goaltender Tyler Weiman kept his team in the game early, as the Penguins offense dominated Lake Erie.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton outshot the Monsters, 17-4, in the first period, but Weiman was able to keep the puck out of the net.  Neither team was able to score in the opening frame.

The Penguins lit the lamp first, scoring less than three minutes into the second period.  Adam Henrich scored at 2:54 unassisted, giving the home team a 1-0 advantage.

The Monsters would even the score before the end of the middle session.  Randy Rowe scored at the 17:13 mark of the second, assisted by Nigel Williams and Mike McLean.  It was Rowe's second goal of the season, and first since December 30th, his first game with Lake Erie. McLean was playing in his first game as a Monster on Wednesday.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton once again outshot Lake Erie in the period, 8-6. 

The game went into the second intermission all tied up at one goal apiece.

The score remained the same until a 33-second span midway through the third, when the Penguins rattled off two quick goals.  Jeff Taffe scored on the power play at 8:40.  Alex Goligoski and Mark Letestu picked up the assists.

Paul Bissonnette followed that up with another goal at the 9:13 mark, assisted by Henrich and Joey Momina, giving the Penguins the 3-1 win.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton again out-performed Lake Erie offensively, putting up 11 shots in the third period, compared to just seven from the Monsters.

Weiman finished the night with 33 saves on 36 shots.  Penguins netminder Adam Berkhoel recorded 16 saves in the win.

Next up for the Monsters is a meeting with the Wolf Pack in Hartford on Friday, as they continue their nine-game, 15-day road trip.




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