Monsters Earn Point With 2-1 Overtime Loss In Toronto
Toronto's Greg McKegg scored on a wraparound with 1:10 left in overtime to hand the Lake Erie Monsters (27-25-6-4) a 2-1 overtime loss to the Marlies (29-24-9-0) Friday night at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario. With the overtime loss, the Monsters gain one point in the standings. Andrew Agozzino scored the lone goal for the Monsters, who are back on the ice Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. when they host Grand Rapids at Quicken Loans Arena.
Toronto notched the only goal of the opening frame when Greg McKegg took a pass across the goal mouth from Petter Granberg, who located a loose puck for the Marlies. McKegg tapped the puck over the goal line to give Toronto a 1-0 lead at 9:08 of the first period.
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Andrew Agozzino tied the game at 1-1 for the Monsters with 11:56 left in the second period. Agozzino and Ben Street sprung up the ice on a two-on-one rush, and Agozzino toe-dragged to the slot and ripped a shot high-stick side to beat Toronto goalie Christopher Gibson. Ben Youds and Mat Clark assisted on Agozzino's team-leading 19th goal of the campaign.
The game remained tied into the three-on-three portion of overtime, when McKegg struck again for Toronto. McKegg wrapped the puck around and slipped it over the goal line to secure a 2-1 lead for Toronto with 1:10 remaining in sudden-death overtime.
Calvin Pickard stopped 33 of 35 shots in the Monsters net; he is 16-13-7 on the season. Gibson stopped 29 of 30 for Toronto; he is 18-14-3 for the Marlies.
The Monsters host Grand Rapids Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Saturday's game airs live on AM 1420 'The Answer' and will be televised on MY 43 WUAB.
NOTES: The Monsters are 8-6 in games decided in overtime this season... The Monsters are 12-12-5-2 on the road this season, and 2-0-1-0 against Toronto... The Monsters are 19-5-6-4 in one-goal games this season... Agozzino has a seven-game point streak; a season-long point streak for a Monster... Agozzino has 10 points over his seven-game point streak... The Monsters were 0-3 on the power play and 3-3 on the penalty kill... Follow the Monsters on Twitter @monstershockey, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lakeeriemonsters, and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/monstershockey