Lake Erie ends their winless streak; edges Houston 4-3 in a shoot-out. David van der Gulik opened the scoring in the first period with his 10th goal of the season. Karl Stollery (1) gave the Monsters a 2-1 lead before the end of the frame.
Mike Connolly scored his second goal in a Monsters uniform in the second period. A goal scored late in regulation would force the teams into overtime where nothing was settled in the five minute session. Cedrick Desjardins made 24 saves for Lake Erie. Ryan Stoa and van der Gulik scored for the Monsters in the shoot-out.
For the time being, the Monsters have jumped into seventh place in the Western Conference.
Western Conference Quarterfinals -- Best-of-7 -- 3-0 Portland
Portland advances, tops Kelowna 5-3. The Winterhawks will face Kamloops in the second round. Troy Rutkowski was plus one in the series clinching game. He had one goal in the series.