Chaput's Heroics Headline Monsters' 4-3 OT Win over Rampage
CLEVELAND - In front of 12,124 fans at The Q, Cleveland's Lake Erie Monsters defeated the San Antonio Rampage in overtime on Friday by a final score of 4-3. With the win, the Monsters improved to 27-17-5-3 overall this season and with a .596 points percentage, currently occupy third place alone in the AHL's Central Division standings.
After back-to-back fights between former Monster Patrick Bordeleau and Lake Erie's Brett Gallant and Monsters defenseman Oleg Yevenko and San Antonio's Daniel Maggio at 2:10 of the first period, Lake Erie took a 1-0 lead at 4:28 when Daniel Zaar rifled home his team-leading 13th of the season at even-strength, thanks to assists from Steve Eminger and Michael Paliotta. The Rampage battled back with a game-tying power-play goal from Andrew Agozzino at 4:58 of the opening frame and a go-ahead tally from Reid Petryk at 15:33, also with the man-advantage.
In the middle stanza, San Antonio pushed their lead to 3-1 with an even-strength Michael Schumacher goal at 17:43 that spelled the end of the night for starting Monsters goaltender Anton Forsberg. Then, Lake Erie climbed back to within one thanks to a power-play score from Oliver Bjorkstrand at 19:40, assisted by T.J. Tynan, to make it 3-2 Rampage heading into the third.
The final frame's lone tally went to Lake Erie's Michael Chaput at 8:34, as the Monsters' top scorer capitalized on feeds from Zaar and Dillon Heatherington to streak down the left side of his offensive zone and lift an equalizing, even-strength marker over the right shoulder of San Antonio net-minder Roman Will to tie the game at three and force overtime.
After an unsuccessful overtime power-play chance, the Monsters turned again to Chaput at 4:02 of the extra session and, again on feeds from Zaar and Heatherington, the Montreal-area native forced home a rebound goal from the deep slot to hoist the Monsters to victory by a 4-3 final score. Brad Thiessen stopped each of the nine pucks he faced in 26:19 of relief for the Monsters to earn the win in net for Lake Erie after taking over for Forsberg late in the second period. Thiessen's victory pushed his record to 9-3-3 this season while Will took the overtime loss despite a 22-save performance.
Next up for the Monsters, it's a Saturday rematch with the Rampage with full coverage underway, live from The Q, at 7:00 pm on 99X and simulcast on Fox Sports Ohio and the Monsters Hockey Network.
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