Charlotte loses to Monsters, 2-1, in OT

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Charlotte’s loss to the Lake Erie Monsters meant the fourth in a row, even though the team outshot the Monsters 36-25 with Monsters goalie Calvin Pickard making 35 saves.
It was Charlotte that dominated the opening 15 minutes of the game with a 12-1 shooting advantage. It was Lake Erie that went ahead with just under a minute to go in the first; David van der Gulik put them in front when he went around Dan Ellis to score.
Again in the third period Charlotte dominated the early going, out shooting the Monsters 8-1. This time they made one count when Zach Boychuk scored from an assist by Chris Terry to tie the game. This was Boychuk’s seventh power play goal of the season it leaves him in a four way tie for third place in the AHL.
Lake Erie, who now leads the season series of four games 2-1 eventually scored the winner 1.52 into overtime when Mike Sgarbossa tipped in Karl Stollery’s shot. Charlotte’s Brett Bellemore had been sent to the box for slashing giving the Monsters an advantage that they took care of.
Friday night the final game in the series will be played at Lake Erie, Charlotte will be looking to stop the losing sequence.
Eddie.Mitchell@ProHockeyNews.com
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