Monsters Top Charlotte 3-2

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Troy Bourke's penalty shot goal at 11:06 of the third period put the Lake Erie Monsters (22-18-4-3) on top for good, as the Monsters knocked off the Charlotte Checkers (17-26-5-1) by a 3-2 score Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena.  Michael Schumacher and Andrew Agozzino also scored for the Monsters, who bounced back from a Tuesday night loss to the Checkers.  Calvin Pickard stopped 30 shots for the win in net.  The Monsters are back on the ice in Milwaukee on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.




Charlotte's Alex Aleardi scored for the second straight game when he intercepted a pass and darted down the ice, eventually snapping a shot off the post and in to beat Monsters goalie Calvin Pickard at the 2:37 mark of the first period, giving the Checkers a 1-0 lead.  Just under six minutes later, at 8:35 of the first period, the Monsters tied the game with a power play goal from Michael Schumacher.  Ben Street took the puck away from the Checkers in the neutral zone, snapped a pass up the right wing to Andrew Agozzino, who spotted Schumacher driving the net.  Agozzino sent a puck toward the goal that was redirected by Schumacher for his fifth goal of the season, tying the game at 1-1.


Charlotte regained a one-goal lead when Chad LaRose scored a power play goal on a rebound at 4:39 of the second period.  LaRose tapped in the rebound from a Justin Shugg shot, and made the score 2-1 in favor of Charlotte.  The Monsters bounced back again, tying the game at 2-2 when Andrew Agozzino snapped a shot that beat Charlotte goalie Drew MacIntyre stick side from the left circle at 12:58 of the second period.  Agozzino's team-leading 14th goal was assisted by Paul Carey and Street.


With the 2-2 tie carrying on for over half of the third period, Trevor Cheek sent a pass up-ice to Bourke, who slipped behind the Charlotte defense before being pulled down to the ice at 11:06 of the third period and the Monsters one second away from having their third power play of the game expire.  Bourke was awarded a penalty shot, and he took advantage of his attempt by using a deke maneuver to slip the puck past an outstretched MacIntyre for the eventual game-winning goal. 


The Monsters led 3-2 for the duration, and Pickard stopped 30 of 32 shots to improve to 12-8-4 on the season.  MacIntyre stopped 30 of 33 shots for Charlotte; he is now 13-17-4. 


The Monsters visit Milwaukee at 4:00 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.  Sunday's game airs live on ESPN 850 WKNR.


NOTES: The Monsters are 1-1-0-0 against Charlotte this season, 12-9-0-2 at home, and 15-3-4-3 in one-goal games... Andrew Agozzino's goal was his 51st as a Monster, pulling him to within seven goals of all-time franchise leader David van der Gulik... With two points, Agozzino has 126 points as a Monster and is five way from tying all-time team point leader T.J. Hensick... Dan Maggio accrued four penalty minutes Thursday, giving him 439 penalty minutes as a Monster; Maggio passed Patrick Bordeleau, and now ranks first all-time on the Monsters penalty minute list... Pickard has started seven straight games in net for the Monsters, going 4-2-1 over that span... Follow the Monsters on Twitter @monstershockey, on Facebook at, and on Instagram at