Rampage Hold on for 4-2 Win Over Monsters
CLEVELAND – The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters, proudly powered by Constellation, were defeated by the San Antonio Rampage on Thursday at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena by a final score of 4-2. With the loss, the Monsters fell to 3-3 overall this season and currently sit alone in fourth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.
San Antonio grabbed control on Thursday at the tail end of the first period, courtesy of even-strength scores from J.T. Compher at 15:41 and A.J. Greer at 18:02 to make it 2-0 for the visitors. With time winding down in the opening frame, the Monsters cut the Rampage’s lead in half at 18:49 when Cody Goloubef tapped a visionary Alex Broadhurst feed into a wide open San Antonio net to make it 2-1 with Daniel Zaar collecting the secondary assist on the play.
The middle stanza’s lone goal went to Rampage forward Alex Belzile at 1:45, but Monsters right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand responded in the first minute of the final period to slice the San Antonio lead to 3-2 with a power-play scorcher set up by Nick Moutrey and Goloubef at 0:54. The Rampage were tested down the stretch and weathered a four-on-six disadvantage in the game’s final moments to pot a game-sealing empty-netter from Garry Nunn at 19:43 to clinch a 4-2 road victory.
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Anton Forsberg fell to 3-2-0 in net for the Monsters despite a strong 27-save performance, while Spencer Martin earned the win for San Antonio thanks to a 25-save showing.
Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday rematch vs. San Antonio with full coverage, live from Quicken Loans Arena, underway at 7:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.
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