Monsters shock Bulldogs with scoring outburst

The Lake Erie Monsters counted four goals in the third period to score a 6-4 come-from-behind American Hockey League win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday (Nov. 9) in Cleveland.

Chris Stewart recorded four points including a hat-trick to lead the Monsters.

Yannick Weber opened the game’s scoring for Hamilton just past the midway point of the first frame. Yanick Lehoux waited patiently with the puck before sending a pass to Weber who managed to sneak in behind a Monsters defenceman. Weber one-timed a shot that beat Lake Erie goaltender Tyler Weiman. Max Pacioretty also earned an assist on the play. The Monsters quickly responded with Stewart’s first goal two minutes later at 15:13. Stewart scored again while Lake Erie was on the power play at 7:38 of the middle stanza to give the Monsters a 2-1 lead.

The Bulldogs replied with three power play goals at 9:51, 13:18 and 17:03 of the second frame. Mike Glumac grabbed a rebound before feeding a pass over to David Desharnais who tapped the puck into the net to tie the game 2-2.

With a two-man advantage, Ben Maxwell fired a shot on net from the point that Matt D’Agostini redirected into the net. D’Agostini then added his second goal to give the visitors to Cleveland a 4-2 edge.

Lake Erie added four goals within a four minute period to steal the win in the final peeriod. T.J. Galiardi, Mike Vernace, Philippe Dupuis and Stewart scored.

Hamilton is host to the Rochester Americans with back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 15-16) at 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, at Copps Coliseum.