Last Minute Goal Ends Trip with a Loss

Photos courtesy of Darren Abate/
Lake Erie's three-games-in-three-days road trip ended Sunday the way it began on Friday - with a loss. The Monsters led the Rampage in the third period before giving up two goals, including one with only 1:30 left in the game, and falling in San Antonio, 4-3. The Rampage outshot the Monsters 39-26 in the loss, which dropped Lake Erie back down to sixth place in the North Division, four points behind fourth-place Manitoba and one point behind Toronto. Lake Erie started their weekend with an overtime loss in Houston on Friday, then won in San Antonio on Saturday.

For the second consecutive day, the Rampage struck early in the first, receiving a goal from Gavin Morgan two minutes and 38 seconds into the period. After carrying the puck into the left side of the Lake Erie zone, San Antonio rookie Josh Lunden fired a shot from the left faceoff dot that rebounded to right wing Matt Watkins at the bottom of the left faceoff circle. Watkins then sent a behind-the-back pass to Morgan in the slot, where the centerman beat Monsters netminder John Grahame low to the glove side.

Eight minutes and seven seconds later, San Antonio added to their lead on Brett MacLean’s team-leading 30th goal of the season. Gaining possession of the puck behind the Monsters net, MacLean wrapped a pass around the right post to Alexandre Picard on the left post. With Grahame sliding over to play the puck, Picard returned the disc through traffic in the slot to MacLean, where the winger deposited the puck into the upper right corner of the net.

However, San Antonio’s two-goal lead did not last for long as Lake Erie scored twice in a minute and 41 second span prior to the end of the opening frame.

Working in the triangle formation in the Rampage zone during a five-on-three man-advantage, Monsters left wing Darren Haydar sent a pass to left wing Ryan Stoa at the bottom of the right faceoff circle. Wasting little time, Stoa then found Lake Erie right wing Brian Willsie in the slot, where Willsie beat Rampage goaltender Josh Tordjman high inside the left post at 17:29 to close the deficit to 2-1.

The Monsters then knotted the contest at two goals apiece on Stoa’s 22nd goal of the season. After racing through the left side of the neutral zone and into San Antonio territory, Lake Erie center T.J. Hensick dropped a pass from the top of the left faceoff circle to Willsie in the high slot. Willsie then one-touched a pass to Stoa on the right side of the slot, where the left wing beat Tordjman low to the glove side to tie the game at 2-2 with 50 seconds remaining in the first.

Five minutes into the second stanza, Lake Erie took a 3-2 lead on Stoa’s second goal of the game. Regrouping on the center of the Monsters blueline, Lake Erie defenseman Kevin Montgomery banked a pass off the left boards to center Phil Dupuis near the San Antonio blueline. After entering the San Antonio zone, Dupuis dropped for Stoa near the left half wall before the left wing cut inside the left faceoff dot and beat Tordjman through the five-hole.

San Antonio knotted the equalizer, on the power play, at 6:59 of the third when forward Alexandre Picard netted his 26th goal of the season. Receiving pressure on the right half wall, Turris left a puck for defenseman Sean Sullivan. Sullivan then found MacLean in the right corner, where the left wing connected with Picard on the left post to tie the game at 3-3.

With three minutes and 12 seconds remaining in regulation, Hensick was whistled for a hooking penalty and provided San Antonio’s power play with an opportunity to move ahead.

A minute and 42 seconds later, San Antonio took a 4-3 lead when right wing David Spina beat Grahame high inside the left post for his second power-play goal of the season.

In the game’s final minute and a half, the Rampage weathered a bolstered Lake Erie attack after Monsters head coach David Quinn pulled Grahame in favor of an extra skater.

Tordjman made 23 saves on 26 Lake Erie shots in the win, while Grahame turned away 35 of 39 San Antonio shots for the loss.

The Monsters return to action on Thursday in Peoria, where they will start another three-game, three-day road trip.

Story courtesy of San Antonio Rampage

Search Archive »

  Bookmark and Share

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
March 2007
January 2007
December 2006
May 2006