Lake Erie, Colorado's AHL affiliate, had the unenviable task of playing three games in three nights. After taking down Peoria and Milwaukee Thursday and Friday night, respectively, the Monsters (7-4-0-0) fell to Rockford in penalty-filled fest.
In the game against the Rivermen, Lake Erie battled back down two goals in the third period to win in a shootout, 4-3. Captain Bryan Lerg opened the scoring in the first for the Monsters with a power play goal from Tyson Barrie and Thomas Pock.
After two goals by Adam Cracknell and one by Andrew Murray made it 3-1 for Peoria, Cameron Gaunce added his first goal of the year on a wraparound bank shot off goalie Jake Allen's skate to cut the deficit to one. Less than a minute later, Andrew Agozzino tied it at three on wrist shot stick-side, with Barrie drawing his second assist of the game.
After overtime settled nothing, Lake Erie got goals by Lerg, Mike Sgarbossa and Mark Olver and goalie Sami Aittokallio only giving up one goal on four shots in the shootout. He also stopped 25 of 28 shots in regulation and overtime for the win.
Calvin Pickard drew the assignment in game two against the Admirals Friday. He stole the show with a 42-save performance and a 2-1 win.
Milwaukee drew first blood on the power play, with Michael Latta putting home the rebound at 12:24 of the first period. Lerg tied it up with only 17 seconds remaining in the first on the man advantage. Luke Walker and Sgarbossa earned the assists.
After Monster forward Geoff Walker took a holding the stick penalty, Luke Walker pounced on a rebound from Paul Carey to score the short-handed goal in the second. That was all Pickard needed, stopping all 31 shots in the second and third periods.
Lake Erie jumped ahead Saturday 3-1 but penalties were their demise, as the IceHogs came back and won 6-3 in a game that saw 120 combined penalty minutes and four ejections.
Bill Thomas, Agozzino and Barrie scored the three goals for the Monsters, who do not play again until Friday when they head to the Toyota Center to play the Houston Aeros. Patrick Bordeleau ended the game with 26 minutes in penalties. Pickard made 27 saves in the loss.
Rockford had six different goal scorers. Adam Clendening, Shawn Lalonde, and Brandon Pirri scored goals a man up while Brandon Bollig, Kyle Beach and Jeremy Morin scored at even strength. Carter Hutton earned the win for the IceHogs
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