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Monsters Fall to OKC 5-2

January 3, 2015 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Cleveland Monsters News Release

After scoring the game's first four goals, the Western Conference leading Oklahoma City Barons (23-7-2-2) defeated the Lake Erie Monsters (14-14-2-3) by a 5-2 score before a Quicken Loans Arena crowd of 11,397 Saturday night. Trevor Cheek and Mitchell Heard scored for the Monsters. The Monsters are back on the ice Friday in Rochester for a 7:05 p.m. game against the Americans.

Jason Williams received a pass at the inside edge of the left circle and snapped a high shot past Monsters goalie Calvin Pickard to give Oklahoma City a 1-0 lead at 4:14 of the first period. Former Monster Matt Ford extended the Barons lead to 2-0 on a tap-in power play goal at 12:32 of the first period.

Bogdan Yakimov and Iiro Pakarinen scored at 4:07 and 13:09 of the second period to put the Barons in a 4-0 lead before the Monsters eventually solved Oklahoma City goalie Richard Bachman. Trevor Cheek weaved into the offensive end and snapped a shot top-shelf past Bachman from the slot to pull the Monsters to within 4-1. The goal was the third of the season for Cheek, and his second in as many nights, and it was assisted by Reid Petryk.

The Barons answered on another goal from Ford at 1:19 of the third period, which made the score 5-1. At 17:14 of the final frame, Colin Smith streaked up the left side, through the circle, and connected on a back-hand pass to Mitchell Heard in front of the net. Heard quickly jammed a puck past Bachman to pull the Monsters to within three goals, but they couldn't shrink the deficit any more than that.

Calvin Pickard stopped 23 of 28 and is 7-6-3 after the loss. Richard Bachman is 9-3-3 with the win for Oklahoma City; he stopped 33 of 35 shots.

The Monsters visit Rochester Friday at 7:05 p.m. Friday's game airs live on ESPN 850 WKNR.

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