Monsters Fall to Iowa 3-2
Brett Sutter scored the eventual game-winning goal for the Iowa Wild (20-37-1-1) with 4:39 left Saturday night, handing the Lake Erie Monsters (24-22-5-3) a 3-2 loss before a Quicken Loans Arena crowd of 10,498. Stefan Elliott had a goal and an assist for the Monsters, while Joey Hishon also added a goal. Andrew Agozzino's assist gave him 132 points in his career as a Monster, making him the franchise's new all-time points leader. The Monsters continue their eight-game homestand Wednesday against Milwaukee at 7:00 p.m.
After a scoreless first period, Iowa's Collin Bowman scored a power play goal on a wrist shot through traffic from the center of the blue line 56 seconds into the second period. At 5:24 of the second period, following a scramble in front of the Iowa net, Hishon netted a bouncing puck to give him goals in back-to-back games and 14 goals on the season. Hishon's goal was assisted by Tomas Vincour and Elliott.
Before the second period ended, Tyler Graovac carried a puck to the front of the Monsters net, and despite being knocked to the ice, scored from his knees to put the Wild on top at 10:35 of the second period.
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Just 3:15 into the third period, Agozzino put a puck toward the net from the right circle that was redirected in by Elliott for his 13th of the season, tying the game at 2-2. Ben Street also assisted on the goal.
On a two-on-one rush up the ice in the late stages of the third period, Mark Hagel found Sutter on a pass, and Sutter lifted a wrist shot into the top portion of the Monsters net, giving Iowa a 3-2 lead that stood for the duration despite furious pressure from the Monsters late in the game.
Calvin Pickard stopped 28 of 31 shots and is now 14-11-5. John Curry stopped 34 of 36 shots for Iowa and is now 10-15-0.
The Monsters host Milwaukee Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday's game airs live on AM 1420 'The Answer'.
NOTES: The Monsters are 13-12-1-2 at home this season, and finished the four-game season series against Iowa with a record of 0-2-2-0... The Monsters are 1-3-1-0 on their current eight-game homestand... The Monsters are 17-5-5-3 in one-goal games this season... Pickard has started 13 of the last 14 games in net for the Monsters, and played more minutes in net than any other AHL goalie in the month of February... Elliott has a four-game point streak for the Monsters; the Monsters all-star returned to the lineup Friday night after missing the last 12 Monsters games while he was on recall to the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche... Follow the Monsters on Twitter @monstershockey, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lakeeriemonsters, and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/monstershockey.