Lampe's Late Goal Lifts Las Vegas to 4-3 WinOctober 28, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL) Colorado Eagles
The Wranglers got into penalty trouble early in the first frame (taking four penalties before half of the period was over), and the Eagles made them pay. Just over two minutes in, Joey Sides put home Colorado's first shot of the game by snapping the puck over Joe Fallon from the right hash marks for a power-play goal.
But unfortunately for the Eagles, an early season problem showed its face again during their second man advantage when Adam Hughesman intercepted a pass at Colorado's blue line, skated in on Kyle Jones and beat him from the slot; it was the Eagles' 4th shorthanded goal allowed on the young season, most in the ECHL.
But Colorado would counter at 11:23, shortly after their fourth power play of the period, when Sides picked up his second goal of the opening frame by putting home a Trent Daavettila rebound from the doorstep. That goal came on Colorado's third shot of the period, one in which they would be out-shot 12-4, but they would take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
It was Colorado's turn to take the penalties in the second frame, as the Wranglers had three power plays -- including a partial 5-on-3 -- to the Eagles' zero in the second 20 minute session. That helped Las Vegas to a 14-6 edge in shots in the period, but Jones made several strong stops, many against the home team's premier scorers, to keep the Eagles in the lead.
And with just over 18 seconds left in a period dominated by the Wranglers, Colorado was able to make it 3-1 heading into the second intermission. On the play, Chad Costello sent a pass from the left midboards to a wide open Jason Beatty in the high slot. Beatty's booming shot was stopped by Fallon, but Daavettila was crashing the crease and swiftly put the rebound into the net.
Las Vegas continued to carry the play in the third frame, and just over two minutes in, Judd Blackwater found Lampe with a back door feed to cut Colorado's lead to 3-2. At 11:13, Chris Francis would tie the game with a top-shelf blast from the top of the right circle following another Eagles turnover at their own blue line. And with 1:18 left on the clock, Jake Marto failed to hold a puck in at the offensive blue line, allowing Lampe to blaze past him and pick up the puck for a breakaway that ended with the disc in the back of the net.
Colorado will return to the Budweiser Events Center for a pair of games next weekend (Friday & Saturday) against the expansion San Francisco Bulls.
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