Monsters Top Griffins in Preseason Bout

Three goals on four shots to begin the game propelled the Lake Erie Monsters to a 3-1 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins in the preseason opener at the Huntington Center in Toledo, OH.  Barry Goers led the way for the Monsters with a goal and an assist, while Paul Carey’s goal- the second of the night for the Monsters- proved to be the game-winner.

Brad Malone opened the scoring for the Monsters at 1:05 of the first period on a rebound, as he fired a backhander by Grand Rapids goalie Tom McCollum.

 Just over three minutes later, the Monsters extended their lead to 2-0 when Geoff Walker found Paul Carey in front, and Carey quickly fired a puck into the Griffins goal.  Michael Sgarbossa also assisted on the goal that doubled the Monsters lead at 4:18 of the first period.

At 11:52 of the first period, Goers scored, beating McCollum high-glove side.  Ben Wilson carried the puck up the left wing side and found the trailing defenseman, who notched his second point of the night with the goal.

Early in the second period, Grand Rapids found the back of the net when Landor Ferraro received a bounce off the endboards on  his stick, scoring from a sharp angle to the left of the Monsters net.

Sami Aittokallio stopped 19 of 20 shots in the Monsters net before being relieved by Kieran Millan with 6:23 left in the second period.

The third period yielded no scoring.  Millan stopped all 11 shots he saw in net for the Monsters in his preseason debut.

The Monsters conclude their exhibition schedule Sunday night in Ann Arbor, Michigan against Grand Rapids, with the puck dropping at 7:00 PM.  All of the action can be heard live online via the 1540 KNR2 web stream, with Doug Plagens on the call. 

The Monsters open their regular season Friday night, October 12, at Quicken Loans Arena against the Oklahoma City Barons.



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