Monsters Fall in Hamilton 4-1
HAMILTON, ONTARIO- Four unanswered Hamilton goals propelled the Bulldogs past the Lake Erie Monsters (10-9-0-1) by a 4-1 score Saturday night at Copps Coliseum. Paul Carey netted the Monsters only goal, which gave the Monsters a 1-0 lead late in the opening period. The game concludes a three-game road swing for the Monsters, who return home to host Toronto on Thursday.
Paul Carey scored his third goal of the season to give the Monsters a 1-0 lead at 17:12 of the first period when he snapped a shot from the slot after a centering pass from Guillaume Desbiens. Russ Sinkewich also assisted on the first Monsters goal, but Hamilton (10-9-0-3) would counter twice before the first period ended. The Bulldogs led 2-1 after one period, as Joonas Nattinen scored with 57 seconds left in the frame, and Mike Blunden scored for Hamilton with 39 seconds left in the first period.
After the second period yielded no scoring, Hamilton generated scoring on two occasions in the third period. Between the 9:01 and 12:00 marks of the third period, Hamilton's Patrick Holland scored two insurance markers to extend the Bulldogs lead to 4-1.
Sami Aittokallio stopped 24 of 28 shots in net for the Monsters; he is 5-3-0. Dustin Tokarski is 9-4-1 in net for Hamilton after the win; he stopped 27 of 28 Monsters shots.
The Monsters are back on the ice Thursday night at 7:00 PM when they host the Toronto Marlies at Quicken Loans Arena.
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