Monsters Pick Up Point In Shootout Loss to Milwaukee
Calvin Pickard returned to the net for the Monsters and made 33 saves, but the Lake Erie Monsters (2-3-0-1) fell 2-1 in a shootout to the undefeated Milwaukee Admirals (6-0-0-0) Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Paul Carey scored the Monsters only goal. The start was the first in net for Pickard since he returned from the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. The Monsters conclude their five-game road swing tomorrow in Rockford with the game beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.
With the game tied 0-0 in the second period, Andrew Agozzino was awarded a penalty shot, but was denied by Admirals goalie Magnus Hellberg.
The game was scoreless until 5:10 left in the second period when Paul Carey found a loose puck in front of the Milwaukee net, delayed, and sent the puck past Hellberg to give the Monsters a 1-0 lead. Colin Smith and Dennis Everberg assisted on Carey's second goal of the season.
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Milwaukee's Garrett Noonan scored on a blast from the right point through traffic to tie the game 1-1 at 12:39 of the third period; the goal that would send the game into overtime.
In the overtime period, despite eight shots on goal for the Monsters and five for the Admirals, neither team was able to prevail in the sudden death portion. Milwaukee's Viktor Arvidsson had a penalty shot attempt in the overtime frame, but was denied by Calvin Pickard. The game marked the first trip to overtime this season for the Monsters, and their first experience with the American Hockey League's new overtime format: the seven-minute period begins with four-on-four play, and following the first stoppage after three minutes remain, the two teams squared off three-on-three.
In the shootout, Milwaukee's Brendan Leipsic and Pontus Aberg scored to secure the victory.
Pickard is 1-1-1 after the shootout loss; he stopped 33 of 34 shots and one of three shootout attempts in net for the Monsters. Hellberg is 1-0-0 for Milwaukee after the win; he stopped 25 of 26 shots and both shootout attempts he faced.
The Monsters conclude their five-game road trip tomorrow in Rockford, with the game beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eastern and airing live on AM 1420 "The Answer".
NOTES: Everberg's assist stretches his point streak to three games; he has two goals and an assist over his last three games... Smith has three assists over his last two games... The Monsters were 0-2 on the power play while Milwaukee was 0-3... The Monsters are 2-2-0-1 on the road this season, and 2-3-0-1 against the Midwest Division... Follow the Monsters on Twitter @monstershockey, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lakeeriemonsters, and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/monstershockey.