Four unanswered goals by the visiting Monsters was more than enough to carry Lake Erie to a 4-1 American Hockey League win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday (Nov. 25) evening.
Bill Thomas and Mark Olver each had a goal and an assist while Sami Aittokallio stopped 42 of 43 shots as the Monsters improved their North Division second place standing with a 10-7-1-1 record. The Bulldogs remain in the division’s basement with a 6-8-1-1 effort.
With a crowd of 3,197 looking on, the Monsters started their victory march at 5:22 of the opening frame on a goal by David van der Gulik. He took a pass from Thomas at the right faceoff circle and sent a shot along the ice that eluded starting goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.
Nine minutes later Lake was ahead 2-0 on a goal by Thomas. Sean Sullivan directed the puck to Thomas who scooped in on a breakaway and tucked the disc behind Desjardins.
At 3:40 of the second stanza Patrick Bordeleau gave the Monsters their third goal. They added their final marker at 10:28 of the frame. Mark Olver raced down the left wing and wired a shot over the left shoulder of Desjardins, who was promptly replaced with Robert Mayer.
The Bulldogs got on the board at 17:57 of the period on Aaron Palushaj’s sixth goal of the season. Gabriel Dumont picked up the puck in the left corner and feathered a pass to the slot where Palushaj tipped it past Aittokallio.
Hamilton outshot Lake Erie 43-27.
The Bulldogs’ next game is Friday, Nov. 30 in Abbotsford against the Heat at 10 p.m.
1. LE – David van der Gulik (3) – (Bill Thomas, Karl Stollery) – 5:22
2. LE – Bill Thomas (4) – (Sean Sullivan) – 14:24
3. LE – Patrick Bordeleau (1) – (Mitchell Heard, Mark Olver) – 3:40
4. LE – Mark Olver (2) – (Thomas Pock) – 10:28
5. HAM – Aaron Palushaj (6) – (Gabriel Dumont) – 17:57
Lake Erie: 10-9-8—27
Lake Erie: Sami Aittokallio (L – 43 shots, 42 saves)
Hamilton: Cedrick Desjardins (W – 14 shots, 10 saves), Robert Mayer (13 shots, 13 saves)
Lake Erie: 0-for-3