Cleveland, Ohio – The Lake Erie Monsters defeated the Hamilton, 5-1, on Friday night, handing the Bulldogs their fourth straight American Hockey League loss. Louis LeBlanc had the lone Hamilton goal, his fourth marker of the year. Hamilton remains in last place in the Western Conference’s North Division.
Brad Malone scored a goal including the game-winner and added an assist while Hugh Jessiman registered a goal and an assist for the Monsters.
The Monsters opened the scoring on a goal by Justin Mercier at 1:40 of the first period to beat goaltender Robert Mayer.
The Bulldogs tied the score at 10:09 of the frame on a power play goal by Leblanc. After a series of cross-ice passes, Joe Callahan fed the puck to Leblanc who wired a shot past goaltender and ex-Bulldog Cedrick Desjardins.
Lake Erie took the lead at 19:59 of the first period on a goal by Malone. As the puck was bouncing around the crease after an initial shot, Malone came in and knocked it in the net by Mayer.
The Monsters increased their lead at 9:50 of the second stanza on a five-on-three tally by Evan Brophey. Tyson Barrie took a shot which was stopped by the pad of Mayer and the rebound came out to Brophey who slid the puck in the back of the net. Lake Erie added another marker at 17:13 of the middle frame on a five-on-three goal by Cameron Gaunce. After receiving a pass from Malone, Jake Newton took a slap shot from the point which was tipped in front of the net by Gaunce past Mayer.
The Monsters added another goal at 13:31 of the third period on a goal by Jessiman. After a Hamilton defender gave away the puck, Jessiman snapped the puck past Mayer.
Hamilton was outshot, 47-22 before a crowd of 8,339.
The Bulldogs will finish their three-game road trip when they battle the Rochester Americans on Saturday (Nov. 26) at 7:35 p.m. All Hamilton Bulldogs games can be heard live on AM 820 CHAM or on www.hamiltonbulldogs.com, or seen live on www.ahllive.com beginning with the Pioneer Pre-Game Show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.