Monsters Fall in First Shootout of Season

If they were at all tired from playing two games in Houston within 48 hours, the defense of Lake Erie sure didn't show it.

The Monsters played unquestionably their best defense of the young season, giving up just one goal in regulation.  They remained strong during overtime, but unfortunately one too many Aero was able to get by goaltender Tyler Weiman in a shootout, resulting in a final 2-1 loss.

Houston wasted no time in scoring on Sunday, as Petr Kalus scored at 2:26 in the opening period.  The Monsters defense then tightened up, and held the Aeros scoreless through the next two periods and overtime.

Lake Erie was able to even the game and get on the scoreboard behind a goal by right wing David Jones.  He was assisted by Eric Healey and Michael Vernace.  Jones has now recorded a point in five of the last six games.  Left wing Healey's helper put him atop the Lake Erie points leaderboard with seven. 

The game turned into a defensive battle, as the end of three periods came with the score still tied at one goal apiece.  An overtime period then failed to result in a change of score. 

Weiman started his sixth straight game in goal, and was nearly perfect through three and overtime.  He saved 21 of the 22 shots he faced. 

The game came down to a shootout - the first of the season for the Monsters.  Healey was the first to shoot for Lake Erie, and he got the puck by Aeros goaltender Nolan Schaefer. The Monsters would maintain the 1-0 advantage until the third Houston shooter, Shawn Belle.  The final shot for the Aeros was converted by Aaron Voros, resulting in the 2-1 final.

The Monsters, now 2-7-0-1, will return home on Saturday, November 10th to host the Quad City Flames.  Good seats are still available for purchase online.


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