LAKE ERIE 6, ROCHESTER 2
Philippe Dupuis notched his first hat trick of the season and Lake Erie scored four times in the third period en route to a 6-2 win over visiting Rochester on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena in the last AHL game prior to the Christmas break.
The Monsters, who collected a 3-2 win at Manitoba on Saturday, have now secured back-to-back victories for the first time since sweeping a two-game home set from Peoria on Oct. 30-31.
Dupuis’s second tally of the night came on the power play 12:54 into the middle frame, knotting the contest up at 2-2.
Lake Erie captain Darren Haydar began the third-period onslaught with another power play strike 1:34 into the stanza. Ryan Stoa scored at both 8:51 and 16:14, the latter on the man advantage once again, and Dupuis buried the Amerks with an empty-netter at the 19:59 mark.
Rochester’s recent woes continued, as the Americans are now winless in four straight (0-3-1-0) and just 2-7-1-0 in their last 10 contests.
After a three-day holiday hiatus, the AHL schedule will resume with a 12-game slate on Saturday.