Another Win, Another Record

The top line of Greg Mauldin, Ben Walter and David van der Gulik led the visiting Lake Erie Monsters to a 3-2 overtime win in Rochester on Friday night, the seventh consecutive victory for the team. The win was also the sixth straight on the road, which marked a new franchise best.

Mauldin scored the game winner with 33 seconds left in overtime, after assisting on both regulation goals. Walter also finished with a goal and two assists, while van der Gulik had one of each.

The Monsters are now 39-25-3-5 overall and in first place in the North Division with 86 points.

Lake Erie got on the board first with a van der Gulik goal at 12:27 of the first period. Walter and Mauldin assisted.

Rochester responded before the end of the period, tying the game with a Michael Duco marker at 18:06. Clay Wilson and Jordan Knackstedt were given the assists.

The Monsters outshot the Amerks 14-6 in the first 20 minutes, but went to the locker room with the 1-1 tie.

The Americans would score the lone tally of the second period. Bill Thomas scored shorthanded at the 6:41 mark, assisted by Mike Kostka and A.J. Jenks.

Lake Erie again outshot Rochester, 9-5, but trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes.

The Monsters dominated the Amerks in the third period, posting 10 shots on goal to just two for Rochester. Lake Erie was able to capitalize at 12:34 when Walter lit the lamp to the tie the score once again. Mauldin and van der Gulik assisted, knotting the contest at 2-2.

Regulation ended with the score still 2-2, sending the game to a five-minute sudden death overtime.

Rochester recorded five shots in OT, compared to four for Lake Erie. Just when it looked like it might be destined for a shootout, Mauldin notched the game winner at 4:27 of the overtime frame. Walter and Julien Brouillette assisted, giving the Monsters the 3-2 win.

Van der Gulik (4g, 8a) and Walter (2g,11a) are both on seven-game point streaks now. Mauldin has recorded points in 12 of the last 14 games (10g, 6a).

Jason Bacashihua won his fourth straight in net for Lake Erie, stopping 16 of the 18 shots he faced on Friday. Tyler Plante posted 34 saves on 37 shots for Rochester.

The Monsters will now travel to Toronto on Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. contest.


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