Monsters victorious in shootout

The Lake Erie Monsters needed a shootout to defeat the Hamilton Bulldogs 2-1 on Wednesday night (Dec. 14) in American Hockey League play.

The Bulldogs scored the first goal of the game with less than two minutes left in the first period when Alexander Avtsin pushed the puck past goaltender and former Bulldog Cedrick Desjardins during a power play. This was Avtsin’s second goal in two games following a six-game pointless streak.

Lake Erie tied the game at 19:08 of the second period when a series of Hamilton penalties gave the Monsters a 5-on-3 opportunity. Ryan Stoa scored his first goal against the ‘Dogs (sixth for the season) on a one-timer off Tyson Barrie’s pass.

The third period saw some stellar netminding on both ends, but the game would be decided with a shootout. Lake Erie forward Hugh Jessiman scored the lone goal, beating Lawson with a low glove-side slapshot.

Hamilton had a 28-24 edge in shots on net.

Attendance was 2,369.

The Bulldogs travel to Abbotsford for two games against the Heat this weekend. The ‘Dogs play the Heat on Friday (Dec. 16) and on Sunday.