Tarnasky scores twice in third period to force extra time
CLEVELAND, OHIO – Hamilton Bulldogs forward Nick Tarnasky notched two third period goals to get his club to overtime, but Lake Erie Monsters forwards Mike Sgarbossa, Bryan Lerg and Joey Hishon scored in the shootout to lift Lake Erie (3-3-0-0) past Hamilton (1-0-0-2) 3-2 on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
Lake Erie forward Brad Malone paced the Monsters with two goals, his third and fourth of the season.
Malone was credited with the first goal of the night at 18:15 of the first period when he fired the puck to the front of the Bulldogs net from the corner and it bounced in off Hamilton defenceman Magnus Nygren. Assists were credited to defenceman Karl Stollery and Hishon.
Malone struck again at 7:02 of the second period, this time short handed, when he ripped a wrist shot past Bulldogs goaltender Dustin Tokarski, unassisted.
The Bulldogs managed just nine shots on goal through the first two periods, but stormed back in the third, outshooting the Monsters 14-4 in the final frame.
Tarnasky drew Hamilton to within one at 4:51 of the third, with assists to forwards Gabriel Dumont and Joonas Nattinen. Less than four minutes later, Tarnasky tipped home a Magnus Nygren point shot to tie the game 2-2, with assists going to Nygren and Dumont.
After a scoreless overtime in which the Bulldogs outshot the Monsters 2-0, Lake Erie notched three shootout goals on four attempts to seal the win.
Tokarski made 24 saves on 26 shots in defeat, while Lake Erie goaltender Sami Aittokallio made 23 saves on 25 shots in the victory.
Hamilton went 1-for-6 on the power play, while Lake Erie went 1-for-4.
1. LE – Brad Malone – 3 – (Karl Stollery, Joey Hishon) – 18:15 (PP)
2. LE – Brad Malone – 4 – (Unassisted) – 7:02 (SH)
HAM – Nick Tarnasky – 1 – (Gabriel Dumont, Joonas Nattinen) – 4:51
HAM – Nick Tarnasky – 2 – (Magnus Nygren, Gabriel Dumont) – 8:18 (PP)
LE – Mike Sgarbossa – G
HAM – Gabriel Dumont – NG
LE – Mark Olver – NG
HAM – Maxime Macenauer – NG
LE – Bryan Lerg – G
HAM – Nick Tarnasky – NG
LE – Joey Hishon – G
Lake Erie: 1-1-0-0-1
Lake Erie: 8-14-4-0-1–27
Hamilton: Dustin Tokarski (SOL – 26 shots, 24 saves)
Lake Erie: Sami Aittokallio (W – 25 shots, 23 saves)
Lake Erie: 1-for-4
1. LE – Brad Malone (2 goals)
2. LE – Joey Hishon (1 assist, SO goal)
3. HAM – Nick Tarnasky (2 goals)
Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Sunday, October 20th, when they travel to Toronto to take on the Toronto Marlies at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs next home game will be played on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:30 p.m. when the Rockford IceHogs come to Copps Coliseum.
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