Lake Erie comes back to beat Rockford 4-3. After a scorless first period, the IceHogs opened the second frame with three goals. David van der Gulik would get Lake Erie on the board late in the period on the power play. For van der Gulik, it was his 11th marker on the season.
The third period belonged to the Monsters. Justin Mercier (14) cut the Rockford lead to one with a short-handed tally. Brad Malone (11) scored a power play goal past the midway point of the period that tied the game at three. Dean Strong scored two minutes after Malone's goal to give the Monsters a 4-3 lead.
Strong was named the first star of the game; whereas former Miami RedHawk Mercier took third star of the game honors. Cedrick Desjardins stopped 21 shots for the Monsters. The win puts Lake Erie into sixth place in the Western Conference heading into Sunday's league action. The Monsters will need to win their last two games and will require some help in order to secure their second straight post-season birth.
Quarter-Final -- Best-of-7 -- 1-0 Chicoutimi
Shawinigan ties the series, dumps Chicoutimi 7-2. As per usual, Dillon Donnelly had little impact offensively for the Cataractes. He had one shot and a plus one rating in the game. Donnelly spent time in the penalty box for slashing in the first period and received minors for cross-checking and roughing in the final frame. He added an unsportsmanlike conduct (misconduct) penalty for good measure. The series shifts to Chicoutimi on Tuesday.
Western Conference Semifinals -- Best-of-7 -- 1-0 Portland
Portland scores three times in the third period, upends Kamloops 4-1. The Winterhawks take a 2-0 lead in the series. Troy Rutkowski assisted on one of the third period scores for Portland, which was scored just 56 seconds into the frame. The Blazers came up empty on seven power play chances. Game three is set for Tuesday.
Frozen Four Championship (Tampa, FL)
Boston College skates past Ferris State 4-1. The Eagles have won their third championship in the past five years. For senior Paul Carey, the championship is the second and final of his collegiate career. His tip shot on the power play in the first period turned out to be the game winner. Carey ended up with three goals in the tournament and 18 on the season. He was named to the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team.