Sandoval's Goal Gives Rampage Dramatic 8-7 OT Win
ST. CHARLES, MO - In a game that saw six tie scores, but only one regulation time lead for the Cedar Rapids Rampage, Joshio Sandoval scored at the right time to give the Rampage an 8-7 sudden death win over the St. Louis Ambush at Family Arena Saturday night. The Rampage's magic number to clinch the first playoff berth in franchise history was reduced to one.
St. Louis took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter on two power play goals. The first quarter was marked with six blue cards between the two teams. The Rampage tied it with two late goals by Victor France and Gordy Gurson to end the first quarter at 2-2.
The teams traded five goals in the second quarter with Bobby Hurwitz ending the first half with the Rampage ahead for the first time, 5-4. Cedar Rapids only led at the end of the first half and in overtime.
Their regulation time lead lasted only 3:28. Dylan Hundelt tied the game at 5-5 with his second goal of the game, just 33 seconds into the second half.
Osvaldo Rojas cleaned up a Gordy Gurson miss for the Rampage's only goal of the third quarter, sandwiched between two more St. Louis goals, and the Ambush ended the third quarter with a 7-6 lead.
Phibo Arriaga redirected a St. Louis clear into the net for his second goal of the game. It was his first goals since the 2014/15 season. Rainer Hauss made several clutch saves in the fourth quarter and overtime to keep the Rampage alive.
In overtime, the Rampage got a free kick near the corner kick spot and called time out. On the restart, Gurson triggered the ball to a crashing Sandoval who one-timed it in the box past Ambush goalie Paulo Nascimento.
The Rampage improved to 9-9, while the Ambush fell to 3-16. With four games left, any Rampage win or Kansas City Comets loss would clinch a playoff spot for Cedar Rapids.
The next Rampage home game is Friday, February 16 at 7:35pm against the Baltimore Blast. Tickets are now on sale online at Ticketmaster.com and at the U.S. Cellular Center box office.
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