The Lake Erie Monsters(2-4-0-0) finished up their first home stand of the season playing two Friday and Saturday evening against the Manitoba Moose(5-3-0-0). Friday extended the home futility – Lake Erie losing 3-2 and extending a four game losing streak. They were still searching for their first win of the season in front of U.S. and Canadian fans at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Turns out the fifth times a charm; Lake Erie capping off their last home game for two weeks with a 5-2 win.
The Monsters came out smokin’. Demonstrating they weren’t going to get pushed around two nights in a row, Monsters left winder Patrick Bordeleau took exception to the shoving in the crease from Tom Maxwell of the Moose, and Bordeleau threw down his gloves, clocking Maxwell three or four times in the head before wrestling him to the ground. Both earned five minutes for fighting, but the tone was set for more physicality.
Lake Erie put the pedal to the medal, opening up a two goal lead, while splattering Moose into the boards. The first goal came 5:16 in; left winger Ryan Stoa scoring with assists to Derek Peltier and Brett Skinner. Twenty six seconds later, the puck hit the back of the net again, this time off the stick of Chris Durno, assists to Kevin Schaeffer and Brock Bradford. Durno’s goal, a nifty off-his-own-butt, no-look-wrister-facing-away-from-the-net drew ahhhhh’s as it was replayed on the Jumbotron. It was one of those goals you were sure they’d drawn up in practice(ayup). The scoreboard showed two Monsters shots on goal, and two goals…. That’s economic!
Manitoba got on the board with just over five minutes left in the period. Matt Pettinger racked up his first of the season with assists to Eric Walsky and Nathan McIver.
The Monsters withheld a wicked end of period onslaught by Manitoba, killing off a pair of two minute penalties, including 35 seconds of three-on-five while the two penalties overlapped.
The second period expounded on the hockey entertainment. At the end of two, the Monsters were up 4-2. It looked like Chris Durno and Ryan Stoa had some sort of “who scores the most bet” prior to the start of this one, Stoa scored a power play goal three minutes into the second, assists to Marty Sertich and Bradford. 10:43 in, Durno evened the bet, scoring his second of the night with an assist to Wes O’Neill.
Manitoba would pick up a power play goal with just over two minutes left in the second period. Guillaume Desbiens registered a slap-shot over the shoulder of Monster goalie Tyler Weiman, assists to Marty Murray and Evan Oberg. Say that three times fast! Matter of fact, just try saying Guillaume once.
The third period brought on eleven penalties. Including a big ole’ brawl.
With 7:10 left in the contest, three a piece went to the box for fighting. The sum total of the events had a player ejected on each side with ten minute misconducts, four five minute tallies for fighting, a double minor to a Manatoba’s Dusty Collins, and a minor to Monsters’ Stoa. Had Yosemite Sam been in house, he’d a said, “That there is some High Falutin’ Shoot ‘em up HOCKEY!”
Before the slugfest broke out, the Monsters pulled off a short-handed breakaway goal by Darran Haydar, his first goal of the season.
All told, the Monsters shot 22 on net versus 19 on 21 on Moose sightings.
The Monsters hit the road playing Texas, Houston, then Texas before coming back to the Q on October 30th.