A penalty and an empty net created the perfect conditions for Lake Erie’s shorthanded bonanza in AHL action Thursday night.
Three shorthanded goals during one minor penalty? That’s something typically accomplished on Super Nintendo or in house league when that kid who has no business playing house league keeps stealing the puck from the other team’s worst kid.
Alas, it happened at a much higher level Thursday night. The AHL’s Lake Erie (Cleveland) Monsters were handling the Chicago Wolves rather easily, up 2-0 and killing a Markus Hannikainen minor with a couple minutes left in the third period. Then, the zaniness began.
The Wolves pulled their goalie for a 6-on-4. The Monsters’ Manny Maholtra (yep, still playing) wound up on a breakaway and got absolutely mauled, leading to an automatic goal. Nick Moutrey added a second empty netter, and
Die Hard villain Trent Vogelhuber legitimized things by scoring on an actual goalie to make it 5-0. It all happened in a span of 1:01. Watch (start at 1:22 of the video):
With that, the Monsters became the first AHL team in 18 years to score three shorties on one penalty. By the way – how sweet are those Monsters jerseys?
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