Monsters Head To Toronto To Conclude Three-Game Weekend

MATCHUP To conclude a three-games weekend, the Lake Erie Monsters (6-8-2-2) will visit the Toronto Marlies (5-11-2-0) this evening at 5:00 p.m.  The Monsters fell last night in Hamilton by a 4-3 score in overtime, and have collected three-of-four points on the weekend to this point.  Toronto has not won since November 7th and is 0-6-2-0 over its last eight games.  The Marlies are coming off a 3-2 loss in Glens Falls to the Adirondack Flames on Wednesday.  Overall, Toronto, with 29 goals in 18 games, has scored the fewest goals of any team in the American Hockey League.

LAST TIME OUT Last night, the Monsters fell by a 4-3 score in overtime to Hamilton.  The Monsters led 3-1 after the first period, but were unable to muster any additional scoring.  Reid Petryk and Michael Schumacher each had a goal and an assist, while Troy Bourke netted a shorthanded goal in the game.  Sami Aittokallio had a season-high 41 saves in the overtime loss.  Hamilton forced overtime with a goal at 9:15 of the third period, and Charles Hudon netted the game-winner for the Bulldogs with 1:09 left in overtime.

WHO TO WATCH: MONSTERS Troy Bourke has a goal and two assists over his last two games, and is plus-six over his last seven contests.  Overall, Bourke has had just one "minus" game in 11 games played this season.

WHO TO WATCH: MARLIES Greg McKegg has seven goals and 12 points on the season, factoring into 12 of Toronto's 29 goals on the campaign.  McKegg also has three of Toronto's five power play goals this season.

TUNE IN Catch all of today's action beginning at 5:00 p.m. on AM 1420 'The Answer' with Doug Plagens on the play-by-play.