CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – It wasn’t quite as easy as last Thursday when they pounded Milwaukee 7-1 at the Q, but for the Monsters, they will gladly take another win over the Admirals any day of the week.
Tuesday night Lake Erie pushed their record to 26-21-2-7 in front of about 3400 at the Q with a hard fought 3-1 win over Milwaukee.
It was the special teams Tuesday that keyed the win for Lake Erie, as all three of their goals came on the power play. The game-winner was a power play goal by David van der Gulik 5:26 into the third to break a 1-1 tie.
Bill Thomas put the game away for the Monsters with a final power play goal at 17:46, his 19th of the year to give LEL a much needed two-goal edge and the margin for the win.
The Monsters struck first after the two teams traded early penalties. The goal came at the 8:02 mark of the period when on the power play, van der Gulik slapped in a rebound past Admirals goalie Magnus Hellberg.
The original shot was taken by Karl Stollery, who got one assist. Mike Sgarbossa collected the other assist on the opening goal.
Milwaukee tied the game up late in the first, when the Monsters failed the clear the puck in front of the net.
The loose puck was picked up and put in by Chris Mueller, his 18th of the season. The assist on the goal went to Kevin Henderson at the 17:50 mark of the first period.
The Monsters held a solid 13-5 edge in shots on goal after the first 20 minutes.
The second period was a lot more chippy than the first, and with about seven minutes left in the period, Sgarbossa was ejected for trying to land a haymaker on Admirals LW Michael Liambas.
Liambas laid a vicious check on Sgarbossa, and it took seconds for the Monsters center to try and get revenge, resulting in a game misconduct.
The period ended with the Monsters having a slight edge in shots on goal, 20-19, but the game remained tied at one aside.
The Monsters are back in action at home Saturday night, as they take on Hamilton at 7:30pm.