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Roadtrip Starts on Wrong Foot

Cleveland, OH--David van der Gulik and Bill Thomas each tallied four points to lead the Lake Erie Monsters over the Milwaukee Admirals 7-1 Thursday night.

The Monsters outshot Milwaukee 39-23.

Lake Erie took the lead at 15:24 of the first period when Thomas fired a shot from the bottom of the right circle past Jeremy Smith for his 18th goal of the season.

The Monsters grabbed a 2-0 lead at 17:58 of the first period when Harrison Reed fired a wrist shot past Smith for his first goal of the season.

Lake Erie stretched the lead to three when van der Gulik pushed a rebound of a Thomas shot into the net at 1:42 of the second period.

The Admirals finally got on the board at 6:51 of the second period. Juuso Pustinen snapped a Victor Bartley pass into the net for his eighth goal of the season to make it 3-1. Bartley and Cam Reid recorded the assists.

Monsters forward Luke Walker gave his team a three-goal cushion again when he scored his sixth of the season at 7:34 of the second period, finishing another odd-man rush.

Van der Gulik scored his second of the game, and totaled his fourth point of the night, when he scored a power play goal just :59 into the third period to give the Monsters a 5-1 lead.

The Monsters added two more power play goals, one by Thomas Pock at 13:00 and the other by Brad Malone with 4:03 to play in the third period to close the scoring.

The Admirals four-game road trip continues Saturday in Toronto with a 2pm faceoff against the Marlies. Milwaukee returns to the BMO Harris Bradley Center Friday, Mar 1 against Grand Rapids.

For tickets fans should call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or log on to www.ticketmaster.com. Groups of 10 or more receive significant discounts off the original ticket price. For more information, or to purchase group tickets, fans can call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.

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