Patrick Bordeleau scored the eventual game-winner in the third period for the Lake Erie Monsters (11-8-1-1), who topped the San Antonio Rampage (6-11-0-3) by a 4-2 score Saturday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena. The win was a bounce-back victory for the Monsters, who fell to the Rampage 6-2 on Friday night at The Q. Four different Monsters scored in Saturday's win.
Bryan Lerg opened the scoring for the Monsters when he rolled a backhand shot from the right wing circle under Rampage goalie Dov Grumet-Morris for his team-leading ninth goal of the year at 1:53 of the first period. Mike Sgarbossa and Luke Walker assisted on the tally.
With the Monsters on the power play, they were able to extend their lead to 2-0 when Mark Olver banged in a rebound from the front of the San Antonio net, with Geoff Walker and Thomas Pock getting the assists at 9:51 of the first period.
Again with the Monsters on the man advantage at 8:06 of the second period, James Wright was awarded a penalty shot, and was denied by Monsters rookie goalie Sami Aittokallio. Wright's wrist shot was steered away by a blocker save from Aittokallio.
Greg Rallo scored to put San Antonio on the board on a shot from the slot at 16:25 of the second period, cutting the Monsters lead to 2-1 heading into the second intermission.
San Antonio tied the game on a Colby Robak shot from the top of the right circle at 2:26 of the third period, making the score 2-2.
Bordeleau hammered in a rebound from a Stefan Elliott attempt from the high slot at 8:41 of the third period- his second of the season- for the eventual game-winning goal. Cameron Gaunce also assisted on the goal.
Mike Connolly tipped a Karl Stollery point shot at 12:19 of the third period to beat Grumet-Morris and extend the Monsters lead to 4-2. Tyson Barrie also assisted on the goal, which was Connolly's first of the season.
After giving up four first-period goals to the Rampage on Friday night, Aittokallio turned around and started again on Saturday, stopping 26 of 28 shots and is 6-5-0 with the win in net. Dov Grumet-Morris is 2-5-2 after stopping 24 of 28 shots in the loss.
The Monsters will finish their second straight three-in-three weekend in Toronto on Sunday at 3:00 PM, with all the action being carried live on NewsTalk 1420 WHK.
NOTES: Bordeleau has a three-game point streak; two goals and an assist over his last three games… Stollery has six assists over his last six contests… Barrie and Pock are tied for the team lead with 12 assists after each notched a helper on Saturday… The Monsters are 1-1-0-0 against San Antonio after going 4-0-0-0 against the Rampage last season… The Monsters are 2-1-0-1 in the second games of three-games-in-three-nights stretches… The Monsters improve to 3-4-0-1 at home.