Our Lake Erie Monsters are nearing the end of the season. There are still a few home games left for you to see them in action before the long, boring, hockey-less summer arrives…. and with no hope left of making the playoffs, we’ve got the upcoming week left.
04/13/14 vs Rochester Americans Pucks & Paws: Bring your DOG to the game!
04/15/14 vs Hamilton Bulldogs College ID Night (last home game of the season)
04/18/14 at Grand Rapids Griffins
04/19/14 vs Grand Rapids Griffins Fan Salute Night, end of the season
04/06/14 at Texas Stars 1-4
LW David van der Gulik continues to be a bright star on this Monsters team, scoring our lone goal in the losing effort against the Texas Stars last Sunday. That gives David four goals and seven points in just this past week. While we were able to stop the Stars on 5 of their 6 power play opportunities, we did not capitalize on a single one of our seven chances. G Sami Aittokallio stopped 23 SOGs but the Stars proved too much with two goals in the third period to seal the win.
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04/10/14 vs Utica Comets 2-3 OT
Finally! Our Monsters returned home after this interminable away stretch! Fans got to see a game that started with a goal for Monster D Brett Clark, end in a 2-2 tie and head off to overtime. Now, a name like “Pascal Pelletier” may be fun to say but it sucks to hear it announced as he scored a goal just 24 seconds into the overtime period. Sigh. G Aittokallio fought valiantly in the crease but to no avail…. Our fourth loss in a row. Sigh again.
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04/11/14 vs Utica Comets 2-3 SO
Our Monsters hit the “Loss Hat Trick” by going down in a shoot-out on Friday night at home. Goals from LW Michael Schumacher and RW Guillaume Desbiens gave our Monsters a 2-0 lead going into the third period. However (sigh), the Comets came back with two goals in the third to send the game into overtime. After holding them off for the OT period, G Calvin Pickard let a couple pucks get by in the shoot-out to give our Monsters the loss. It doesn’t help Comet G Joe Cannata managed to stop all four of our shoot-out shots.
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While there were a few bright spots this week for van der Gulik and Schumacher, the end result is that our Monsters have been eliminated from the playoffs. I know they have had a rough season and playoff hopes were slim, but still, I’m a fan of playoff hockey, no matter how unlikely it is that we’ll get the victory. We’ve got a few games left before the season ends so, if you are a hockey fan like I am, try to get out to the Q before it’s too late!