ROCKFORD, Illinois — The Lake Erie Monsters losing streak is at three after they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Rockford IceHogs in an American Hockey League game on Sunday at BMO Harris Bank Center.
The loss drops the Monsters to 31-19-5-5 on the season, still in fourth place in the AHL Central Division. Rockford is now 32-14-7-4 and leading the Central Division. The Monsters have lost all four games played in Rockford this season and are 2-4 overall.
One night after Rockford’s Michael Leighton established an AHL record with his 46th career shutout — surpassing the 45 of former Cleveland Baron Hall of Famer Johnny Bower — the Monsters were nearly blanked again, this time by Drew MacIntyre.
Lake Erie trailed 2-0 until the 15:22 mark of the third period when Oliver Bjorkstrand beat MacIntyre on a power play, with assists from Steve Eminger and John Ramage. It was Bjorkstrand’s 14th goal of the season.
MacIntyre finished with 38 saves. Monsters goalie Anton Forsberg stopped 19 of 21 shots in falling to 16-9-4 on the season.
Kyle Baun got Rockford on the board with a goal at 18:30 of the first period and Mark McNeill made it 2-0 with a goal at 8:46 of the second, his team-leading 17th of the season.
The Monsters outshot Rockford, 25-15, in the first two periods, including a 12-5 edge in the second.
Up next: The Monsters remain on the road at the San Antonio Rampage on Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. … The Monsters return home to host the Manitoba Moose on March 18-19 and the Toronto Marlies on March 20.