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Monsters drop Bears in shootout, 5-4

Lake Erie winger Dan DaSilva tallied a power play goal to tie the game with just 24 seconds left in regulation, and the Monsters went on to defeat visiting Hershey in a shootout, 5-4, on Thursday at the Quicken Loans Arena.

Lake Erie scored on three of its five shootout attempts, allowing the Monsters a split of their two-game season series with the Bears.

Philippe Dupuis, Chris Stewart, and Eric Healey all scored in the shootout for Lake Erie. Goaltender Mike Wall denied three of five Hershey attempts after making 26 saves through regulation and overtime.

The Monsters received regulation goals from Dupuis, Michael Vernace, and Brent Kelly, while Healey and Wyatt Smith contributed a pair of assists apiece.

DaSilva’s goal gave him four markers on the season, two of which have come against the Bears. He also scored in the Monsters’ 6-4 loss in Hershey on Jan. 12.

Defenseman Sami Lepisto paced the Bears in regulation with a goal and two helpers. Joe Motzko and Jason Morgan each posted a goal and an assist.

Brett Sterling capped a two-goal night with his league-leading fourth overtime marker of the season, scoring at 1:08 of the extra session to push Chicago past host Milwaukee by a 3-2 count at the Bradley Center.

The goal lifted Chicago to its sixth straight victory overall and made a winner of Wolves goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who stopped 29 shots and increased his rookie-leading win total to 20 for the season (20-8-0).

Sterling also opened the game’s scoring just 1:37 into the first period. The two goals gave him 27 on the season, good for second-most in the AHL.

Jordan LaVallee netted an unassisted, shorthanded goal for Chicago in the third period, his 14th marker of the campaign.

Cal O’Reilly and Cody Franson lit the lamp for Milwaukee. Franson’s goal at 14:46 of the third period sent the game to overtime and garnered a standings point for the Admirals.