beginning for Lock Monsters
- By Bill Burt
- Eagle-Tribune Writer
- LOWELL -- Get out your
Lowell Lock Monsters trivia notepad. The first puck was
dropped at 7:49 p.m. The first shot was taken by a
Portland Pirate 1:51 into the game. The first goal was
scored by Lock Monster Mark Lawrence. And the first
all-out brawl took place, with players from each team
wrestling on the ice, as the game expired.
- And, oh yes, the Lock
Monsters won their inaugural game in exciting fashion,
5-4. Before a boisterous crowd of 6,494, only four fans
short of capacity, the New York Islanders farm team in
the American Hockey League, the Lock Monsters, made
- Nearly 31/2 years after
being awarded a franchise, the Lock Monsters finally
played. Mark Lawrence, now in his seventh season of minor
league hockey, gave the home team a 1-0 lead only 4:18
into the game, redirecting a pass from behind the net.
- Portland's Alexandre
Volchkov tied it 42 seconds into the second period.
Lowell then scored three goals, two on the power play, in
succession -- Vladimir Orszagh (5:53), Sean Haggerty
(9:06) and Lawrence (12:35) -- to take the lead for good.
- But Portland crept close
with two power play goals in the final five minutes of
the second period (Casey Hankinson and Steve Poapst).
Lowell went ahead, 5-3, only 1:08 into the third period.
Dane Jackson scored the eventual game-winner, stuffing in
a nice pass from Haggerty. Portland again wouldn't go
away when it appeared the Lock Monsters would break away,
scoring with 7:26 remaining in the game.
- Lowell goalie Marcel
Cousineau fended off a flurry of Portland shots while his
team was two players down with about four minutes
remaining. Charpentier made 32 saves in all. Former
UMass-Lowell star Craig Charron, who turns 31 next month,
had two assists for the Lock Monsters.
- Lowell, now 1-0, plays at
home again tonight against the New Haven Beast. The game
begins at 7:30. Tickets are available.