The Lake Erie Monsters made their way down to the Lone Star State last week for two back to back contest against the San Antonio Rampage. Thursday night the two teams took the ice to face off against each other for the third time this season. Lake Erie was first to get on the score sheet when Dean Strong capitalized on the power play for the Monsters late in the opening period. Lake Erie’s power play unit struck again early on in the second period. This time Paul Carey put the puck past Jacob Markström to make the score 2-0. Just 10 seconds later, former Rampage forward Bill Thomas increased the Monster’s lead once again with his 12th goal of the season. Lake Erie held their 3-0 lead until early in the third when Jon Sim was able to finally figure out how to get a shot past Calvin Pickard. Andrew Agozzino restored the three goal lead for the Monsters minutes later, and Bill Thomas netted his second goal of the evening shorthanded to seal the Monster’s 5-1 victory with about six minutes of play remaining.
Hoping for different results when the two teams face-off against once another the next night, the Rampage were first on the board first. Casey Wellman assisted on James Wright‘s goal midway though the opening period. A few moments later, Jon Rheault added an unassisted goal on the power play to give San Antonio a 2-0 lead heading into the second period. Lake Erie countered with two goals of their own in he opening minutes of the second to make for a tie game heading into the final 20 minutes of play. Early in the third, Wellman and Nolan Yonkman set up Drew Shore for the tie-breaking goal. Rheault added his second goal of the evening a couple minutes later to secure the 4-2 win for the silver and black.
Saturday the Rampage headed up to Austin for a game against the Texas Stars. The first goal came six minutes into the tilt when Robak and Yonkman set up Shore for his 10th goal of the season. During the final minute of play in the first, Alex Chiasson added a goal for Texas and tied the game heading into the first intermission. The Stars scored the lone second period goal and added another in the third to win the game 3-1.
Following Saturday’s game against the Stars, Drew Shore, Quinton Howden , Jon Rheault, James Wright, Alex Petrovic, Mike Caruso and Jacob Markström received word that they’d be heading to South Florida in the morning for Panthers Training Camp.
The San Antonio Rampage (16-20-0-4) currently sit in 14th place in the AHL’s Western Conference with 36 points. The Oklahoma City Barons are on deck for the Rampage. San Antonio will travel to face the Barons at the Cox Convention Center Friday and Saturday Nights.
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