As far as family reunions go, not everyone was celebrating.
Hamilton native Marc Hagel and his Lake Erie Monsters teammates scored four times in just under the opening 13 minutes of their American Hockey League game against Hamilton and Kyle Hagel, Marc’s brother, on Friday night and coasted to a 6-2 decision over the Bulldogs.
The visitors to Copps Coliseum needed just 46 seconds from the opening faceoff to set the tone for the rest of the game. And while the lowly Bulldogs held the Monsters scoreless for the second period, they were unable to score themselves. Lake Erie added its other two goals in the first five minutes of the third period.
It wasn’t a stellar night for Bulldogs usually reliable netminder Dustin Tokarski. He faced five shots and stopped only one. He was replaced by Jacob Gervais-Chouinard who was victimized two times but stopped 17 shots.
Scoring in the first period for the Monsters were John Negrin, Luke Walker, Andrew Agozzino, and Paul Carey. Agozzino added another in the third, his 20th of the season, and Dean Strong completed the Lake Erie scoring. Marc Hagel had one assist for Lake Erie.
For the Bulldogs, Kyle Hagel had his second goal of the season and Michael Bournival had the other.
A crowd of 4,742 was on hand.
Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday (April 13) when they visit the Monsters.