Monsters Fall in Second Straight Shootout

Photos courtesy of W Squared Photography
It was deja vu for the Lake Erie Monsters on Tuesday night, as they fell in a shootout for the second straight game and by the same 3-2 score. Tuesday's loss came in Abbotsford and followed Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss at home to Peoria.

With the point gained in the standings in Tuesday's shootout loss, the Monsters have built a franchise-high six-game point streak. The team is also on an eight-game point streak in the North Division and is now 6-1-0-2 in the division. The Monsters are 12-9-2-4 overall and 1-4 in shootouts this season.

The Heat got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead at 11:31 of the first period on a Carter Bancks marker. Gord Baldwin assisted.

The Monsters tied it up in the blink of eye on the stick of Matt Ford, who scored his ninth goal of the season just 18 seconds later. Patrick Rissmiller and Kevin Montgomery were credited with the assists. Rissmiller has recorded points in four consecutive games and has 11 points (5G, 6A) in his 10 games with the Monsters. Ford has now scored in three straight games and his nine goals tie Mark Olver for the Lake Erie lead so far this season.

Despite Abbotsford outshooting Lake Erie 15-6 in the first period, the frame ended with a 1-1 tie.

The Heat regained their lead at the 8:44 mark of the second with Stefan Meyer's goal, assisted by Josh Meyers and Baldwin.

Lake Erie tied it back up before the end of the second period when Ryan Stoa scored at 18:09. Julian Talbot assisted, sending the teams to the locker room with a 2-2 tie.

The third period was evenly matched, as both teams registered seven shots on goal in the 20 minutes, but neither was able to score, sending the game to overtime.

The Heat put up two shots in the five-minute sudden-death overtime, both turned away by Monsters goalie John Grahame, while Lake Erie did not manage any shots in OT.

Abbotsford converted on their second and fourth attempts in the five-round shootout, while only Rissmiller - Lake Erie's third shooter - was successful for the Monsters. Abbotsford prevailed with the 3-2 win.

Grahame recorded 35 saves on 37 shots, while Heat netminder Leland Irving had 21 saves on the 23 Lake Erie shots he faced.

The two teams will meet again Wednesday night in Abbotsford.


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