Calls of the Week with Ben Holden

Hello again Monsters fans and welcome to another exciting edition of the Monsters “Calls of the Week”. What a week it’s been for our team. With Tuesday’s 2-1 win at The Q against Rochester, the Monsters pushed their win streak to a franchise-best six games. The first five games in the win streak came on the road over the course of the last two weekends. Let’s get to the calls and highlights from the last four Monsters wins.

We drop the puck on last Friday’s game at Grand Rapids against the Griffins. It was a game that had the two teams tied at 76 points apiece in the tightly-contested North Division. The Monsters wasted little time getting an early lead in the game. They took at 3-0 lead when Travis Garwyletz took a drop pass from David van der Gulik and Garwyletz ripped home his third goal of the season. Here’s how the call sounded on FS Ohio and AM 1220 with Ben Holden and Jock Callander.

Later in the Monsters five-goal second period against the Griffins, Harrison Reed, who’s played his best hockey of the season over the last couple of weeks, blocked a shot and skated in alone on a breakaway against Griffins goaltender Jordan Pearce. Holden and Callander have the call from there.

The Monsters were not done in the second period. Van der Gulik helped set up Greg Mauldin as the Monsters were buzzing the Grand Rapids net front, and Mauldin made it a 5-2 lead for Lake Erie.

The Monsters cruised to a 7-2 win over the Griffins and then loaded up the bus and took a four-hour ride through Chicago and around Lake Michigan to Milwaukee, where they met the West Division-leading Admirals on Saturday night before more than 12,000 fans at the Bradley Center. The Monsters got on the board first when the top line came through. Here’s how the call sounded of Greg Mauldin’s 1-0 goal with Ben Holden on the Monsters Hockey Network and AM 1220.

Justin Mercier, who also scored Friday at Grand Rapids, found the back of the net for the second straight night with a goal that made it 2-0 Monsters. The goal came on the power play with van der Gulik and Ben Walter assisting on Mericer’s 12th of the season. Here’s how Holden described the goal.

With the game still 2-0 in favor of Lake Erie in the third period, Julien Brouillette, who was cut by Milwaukee in training camp, scored against the team that let him go. It was Brouillette’s first goal as a Monster and he made sure Admirals goaltender Jeremy Smith had no chance to save it. The goal also came on the power as the Monsters finished the night 2-for-5 on the man advantage.

The Monsters held on at the Bradley Center for a 3-2 win. John Grahame got the win in net and it was off to Peoria for a four-hour ride to close out the three-games-in-three-days weekend road trip. Grahame made several big saves in the 4-3 Monsters win as he stopped 30 of 33 Rivermen shots. In the opening period the Monsters tied the game at 1-1 when former Peoria forward Julian Talbot notched his 11th of the season on the power play. Here’s how Holden called the Monsters first goal of the day in Peoria.

Matt Ford later scored in the second period to give the Monsters a 2-1 lead, and then midway through the second period, John Grahame and Ben Walter assisted on David van der Gulik’s 12th of the season to make it 3-1 Monsters. Here’s how the goal sounded on the Monsters Hockey Network and AM 1220.

With the game 3-2 in favor of Lake Erie, Greg Mauldin scored a highlight reel goal. He won the faceoff clean in the right circle of the Peoria zone and made a great move around the Peoria defender, then snapped home a top-shelf snipe to make it 4-2. Here’s how that goal sounded.

The Monsters skated to a 4-3 win and made it three wins on the road in three days. The team arrived back in Strongsville at 6:00 a.m. on Monday morning and after taking Monday off, it was back to work at The Q on Tuesday night for a huge North-Division game against Rochester. The Monsters started the night tied with Manitoba for the top spot in the North Division with 82 points, but the team knew they had an opportunity to separate themselves and gain sole possession of first place with a win. They didn’t disappoint as they were also gunning for a franchise record sixth straight victory. The game was scoreless until the third period because of strong play by both goaltenders. Lake Erie net minder Jason Bacashihua was stellar in the game. In the first period, with Rochester on the power play, Cash came up money to keep the game scoreless. Here’s how the call sounded with Ben Holden on the Monsters Hockey Network and ESPN 850 WKNR.

In the second period, Cash came up big again with another great save to keep the game scoreless.

With the game scoreless early in the third period and the Monsters on the power play, defenseman Shawn Belle, who scored his first goal as a Monster two weeks ago in Toronto, picked a great time to ring the bell for his first goal at home as a Monster. Here’s how Holden described the play that made it 1-0 Lake Erie.

Rochester tied the game four minutes later, but Travis Garwyletz ripped home a snap shot from the right circle to give the Monsters a 2-1 lead, a lead they never relinquished. The goal was the fourth of the season for Garwyletz. With just under two seconds remaining in the game, there was one more faceoff before the Monsters could seal the win, which they did as they made it a franchise record six straight wins, along with a franchise record 38 wins overall and 84 points. They also moved into sole possession of first place in the North Division. Here’s how Holden called the final seconds of the Monsters huge 2-1 win against Rochester.

What a ride it’s been in the six-game win streak! The Monsters will head into the weekend in first place with games at Rochester on Friday night and at Toronto on Saturday afternoon, then it’s back home for a game next Wednesday against the Rockford IceHogs. Enjoy the ride fans, the team sure is and so is all of our staff!

Go Monsters!!!


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