The Monsters rode a 43-second scoring spree to a 3-0 victory over the Rochester Americans Sunday.
CLEVELAND -- The Lake Erie Monsters rode a 43-second scoring stretch in the first period to a 3-0 victory over the Rochester Americans at Quicken Loans Arena Sunday afternoon.
Right winger Guillarme Desbiens initiated the scoring, and his tally was quickly followed up by defenseman Stefan Elliot's 12th goal of the season 43 seconds later.
"That definitely helped," Monsters coach Dean Chynoweth said. "Without saying, we're a better team when we're playing with the lead.
"To score first and get some momentum, that was the thing we were trying to stress, to play similar to how we played the other night. The other night, we had real good fore-check. We were able to establish something early, so obviously, it's a huge help."
With the game scoreless and less than four minutes left in the first period, the Monsters got on the board when Desbiens wristed a shot past the glove side of Rochester goaltender Connor Knapp for an unassisted goal.
Lake Erie would not sit on the one-goal advantage for long, as Andrew Agozzino sent a pass to centerman Mark Olver, who then slipped the puck to Stefan Elliot. Elliot broke free in front of Knapp's net and wristed a shot past the goalie.
Lake Erie tallied the only goal of the second period, and it came on the man advantage.
Center Mike Sgarbossa controlled the puck in the attack zone on Knapp's right side. After getting a stride in front of the defender, Sgarbossa charged the crease, crossed over to the back hand and lifted a wrist shot over Knapp's glove for his fourth tally of the season.
"The last little bit, we've been moving it better," Chynoweth said. "We haven't been rewarded for it, so to score five the other night, that's a rarity for us. Obviously, tonight, we worked hard for the goals that we got and some guys got rewarded for it."
While the offense tallied three goals in the first two periods, it was the play of goaltender Sami Aittokallio that made the lead stand up. Aittokallio registered 23 saves in his fourth shutout and 12th victory of the season.
It was the second straight shutout for the Monsters, something that has not happened since the 2008-2009 season.
"Defense isn't just the defensemen," Chynoweth said. "We got a little loose at times, gave up some chances, but Sami was there to shut the door, so it was a pretty solid 120 minutes."