Monsters Win With Two Short-Handed Goals

NHL legend Wayne Gretzky had a saying that, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Gretzky was known for putting up shots on net and capitalizing on the plays that developed as a result of it.

Against the visiting Toronto Marlies last night, taking two shots while short-handed helped the Lake Erie Monsters earn a 2-1 victory at home.

Down 1-0 in the second period, center Ryan Stoa took a shot on net just as he got over the blue line and it sailed past the shoulder of Marlies goaltender Jussi Rynnas. It looked like a random shot on net but Stoa took it and earned his first goal of the season and tied the game up at that point.

Minutes later, the Monsters were in the middle of a line change when center Mike Carman slapped what looked to be a low percentage shot past Rynnas for the go-ahead goal. Carman just wound up, fired toward the cage and the shot caught Rynnas by surprise and ended up going in. The play was reviewed and the call stood to the delight of the 6,000 plus fans in attendance.

In the third period, the Monsters managed to preserve the lead as goaltender Jason Bacashiua finished the night with 33 saves and improving his overall record to 6-4-2. The Monsters also killed off six penalties in the game and have the league’s best home penalty kill percentage.

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~ by jeffrsabo on November 20, 2010.

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