Rochester, NY - Despite coming back to tie the score late in the second period, the Lake Erie Monsters (12-11-0-1) fell short by a 4-2 score Wednesday night at Blue Cross Arena against the Rochester Americans (11-10-2-2). Mark Olver and Paul Carey each scored for the Monsters, who have lost consecutive games. The Monsters and Rochester meet again Friday in the Frozen Frontier game; an outdoor game in Rochester at 7:05 PM.
Jamie Tardif scored for Rochester to cap off a two-on-one rush 11 seconds into the hockey game, giving the Americans a 1-0 lead. On the heels of a Rochester power play, the Americans were able to net a second goal when Kevin Porter scored on a low shot from the high slot at 16:08 of the first period. The Americans took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
With the Monsters on the power play, Andrew Agozzino spotted Mark Olver cutting to the net, and Olver took the pass and snapped a shot from the slot past Rochester goalie Matt Hackett to pull the Monsters to within a goal at 7:41 of the second period. The goal was the fourth of the season for Olver, and cut Rochester's lead to 2-1. Matt Hunwick also assisted on the goal.
Paul Carey tied the game on a wraparound goal at 18:35 of the second period making the score 2-2. Carey took a puck from Colin Smith behind the net, cut to the right post, and quickly slipped the puck over the goal line before Hackett could arrive to make a save. Bryan Lerg also assisted on the goal; Carey's fourth of the season.
The score wasn't tied long, however. Rochester's Mike Zigomanis scored on a shot from the high slot at 19:31 of the second period to put Rochester back on top by a goal, 3-2.
Rochester regained a two-goal lead when Tardif netted his second goal of the game- a penalty shot goal- eight seconds into the third period, leaving the score 4-2.
Sami Aittokallio stopped 24 of 28 shots in the loss in net for the Monsters; he is 5-4-0. Hackett stopped 16 of 18 Monsters shots, and improves his individual record to 6-8-2 in net for Rochester.
The Monsters and Rochester meet in an outdoor matchup on Friday evening at Frontier Field in Rochester, with the game beginning at 7:05 PM and airing live on radio on ESPN 850 WKNR and on television on SportsTime Ohio.
NOTES: With an assist, Hunwick stretches his point streak to four games; he has two goals and three assists for five points during the streak… Lerg also has a four-game point streak; with an assist, he also has two goals and three assists over his last four games… Andrew Agozzino has assists in each of his last two games… The Monsters are now 4-6-0-0 on the road… The Monsters are now 8-6-0-1 against North Division opponents… The Monsters were 1-3 on the power play and 7-7 on the penalty kill.