OT Goal Lifts Monsters To 2nd Straight Win Over San Antonio
Jan 24th, 2015
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Andrew Agozzino scored top-shelf from the right circle to secure a 3-2 overtime win for the Lake Erie Monsters (18-16-3-3) over the San Antonio Rampage (23-14-4-0) Saturday night before a crowd of 14,127 at Quicken Loans Arena. The victory gives the Monsters two straight wins heading into the American Hockey League's All-Star Break, and completes a two-game sweep of the Monsters home set against San Antonio. Agozzino scored for the third straight game, while Dennis Everberg and Stefan Elliott also scored for the Monsters. The Monsters are back on the ice Friday in Oklahoma City at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
Markus Lauridsen's point shot was deflected in by Everberg at 12:00 of the first period for the game's first goal, giving the Monsters a 1-0 lead. Everberg's goal was his second in as many games, and his fifth of the season. Agozzino also assisted on the goal. Reto Berra was perfect through two periods, stopping 27 of 27 San Antonio shots. Berra helped the Monsters hold the 1-0 lead into the early part of the third period before Stefan Elliott picked up an insurance tally.
Just 37 seconds into the third period, shortly after a Monsters power play had expired, Paul Carey spotted Elliott, who received a pass and moved to the inner edge of the right circle. Elliott snapped a shot off the far post and in to give the Monsters a 2-0 lead. The goal was also assisted by Ben Street, and was the team-leading 12th of the season for Elliott, who will represent the Monsters at the AHL All-Star Classic in Utica, New York.
San Antonio mounted a comeback and ultimately tied the game in the final minutes. Vincent Trocheck netted a power play goal at 16:38 of the third period and Garrett Wilson deflected a shot past Berra to tie the game 2-2 for San Antonio with 3:22 remaining in the third period to force overtime.
Agozzino scored his 10th goal of the season at 1:55 of overtime to seal the win, with Colin Smith collecting the lone assist on the game-winning goal.
Berra stopped 37 of 39 in net for the Monsters, and improved to 3-1-1. Dan Ellis stopped 22 of 25 in net for San Antonio, and he is now 18-8-2.
The Monsters visit Oklahoma City in the first game after the All-Star Game on Friday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. Friday's game airs live on ESPN 850 WKNR.
NOTES: The Monsters are 5-3 in games decided in overtime this season... The Monsters are 2-0-0-0 against San Antonio this season... The Monsters are 10-7-0-2 at home this season... Agozzino and Joey Hishon were each plus-two to lead the way for the Monsters, while Street led the team with five shots on goal in the win... The Monsters were 0-2 on the power play, while San Antonio was 1-1... Just three total penalties were called in Saturday's game... Follow the Monsters on Twitter @monstershockey, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lakeeriemonsters, and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/monstershockey.