Extra Time Again, Again a Loss

These guys have got to be tired. 

For the third straight game in the span of five days, Lake Erie took their opponents beyond regulation.  They defeated the Crunch in overtime in Syracuse on Saturday, then lost to the same Crunch again in OT back in Cleveland on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, the Monsters went to overtime and then a shootout before losing to the Bulldogs in Hamilton, 3-2.

Lake Erie got the scoring started, lighting the lamp off left wing Jeff Friesen's blade at 12:01 in the opening period.  After just signing with the Monsters less than two weeks ago, Friesen's goal was his first in a Lake Erie uniform.  Credited with the assists were J.D. Corbin and Jamie Lundmark, who has now notched points in nine of the last 11 games.

Hamilton was able to take advantage of their power play opportunities on the night, beginning in the second period.  Jonathan Ferland scored at 5:33, in the first of two man advantage goals of the game for the Bulldogs.

The Monsters regained the lead on their own power play, when David Jones found the back of the net off passes from Wyatt Smith and Jeff Jillson.  Wednesday was Jones' first game back with Lake Erie after being called up by parent club Colorado.  Smith's assist was his third point in as many games.

Corey Locke tied the game up for Hamilton by scoring again on the advantage at 4:13 of the third period.  The score would remain even through the end of regulation and 5:00 minutes of overtime.

With five chances each, only Jones and Matt D'Agostini could convert in the shootout for Lake Erie and Hamilton, respectively.  The game would boil down to a sixth round, with D'Agostini sealing the victory for the Bulldogs.  Jones had one last chance, but could not light the lamp. 

Hamilton dramatically outshot the Monsters on the night, 41-18.  Mike Wall deflected 38 of the 40 shots he faced between the pipes for Lake Erie.  Bulldogs netminder Carey Price recorded 16 saves on 18 shots.

This weekend Lake Erie will play its second home-and-home of the week, traveling to Rochester on Friday, then hosting the Americans in Cleveland on Saturday.

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