By Matt Loede - 92.3 The Fan

CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – If there’s one team that the Lake Erie Monsters are tired of seeing this season, it’s the Rochester Americans.

On a day in which the Monsters had about 5,100 little fans in the crowd with its annual Student Education Day”, the Americans spoiled the day with a 4-1 victory.

Rochester is 4-0 against the Monsters this season, and took all the life out of the crowd with two first period goals, one of which was a short-handed goal.

“I think the big thing we can take out of it is we did create some opportunities, we gave up some opportunities, the critical being the short-handed goal,” Monsters coach Dean Chynoweth said.

The Monsters fall to 24-18-2-5 with the loss, and haven’t been able to get a win since January 31st when they beat Abbotsford 4-1 at home.

Since then, the club has had major issues putting the puck in the net, scoring 7 goals over their last five games, two losses and three shootout losses.

The team had a tough stretch in Abbottsford over the weekend, losing two shootouts, and then had to take the red-eye flight back home to return about noon Monday.

The club then was right back on the ice for the special 10:45am start, and it showed early on with allowing the two first period goals.

“I didn’t think we were sharp to start but I think we got better as the game wore on,” Chynoweth said. “We still created chances I think it was more of what we gave up.”

By the end the Monsters outshot the Americans 32-26, but their only goal came with less than five minutes to play already trailing 3-0.

Left wing Paul Carey scored his 10th of the season to break the shutout at the 15:47 mark of the third, but by then the game was already basically decided.

The Americans added an empty net goal with 1:03 left to wrap up the scoring at 4-1. Rochester with the win improves to 26-16-2-1.

The Monsters are on the road this weekend to play three games in three nights. They will start in Grand Rapids Friday, then play in Chicago Saturday and Rockford Sunday.

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