Monsters Begin Three-Game Weekend

Monsters and Rampage

Tonight, the Monsters and Rampage faceoff for the first time since October 20th, when Lake Erie fell 4-2 in San Antonio.

In that game, Mark Olver opened the scoring at 17:26 of the second period. San Antonio knotted the score with just 10 seconds left in the frame, before Matt Ford put Lake Erie up 2-1 at 5:18 of the third. The Rampage then rattled off three straight goals, as Brett Maclean scored a power play tally at 15:47, Bracken Kearns lit the lamp at 16:13 and Ryan Hollweg scored at the 18:30 mark to finalize a 4-2 game.

The Rampage went 1-for-4 on the power play, while Lake Erie went 0-for-4 on the man advantage.

John Grahame stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced, while Matt Climie went 31-for-33 in net for San Antonio.

These two teams will finish their four-game regular season series with a 1:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

Rampage Update

San Antonio has posted a 29-18-2-0 record this season, as their 60 points tie Milwaukee and Houston for second place in a competitive West Division.

The Rampage ride a five-game point streak (4-0-1-0) into tonight’s contest, while they are 4-5-1-0 in their last 10 outings.

San Antonio’s offense is lead by Brett MacLean, who has notched 42 points (18G, 24A) in 42 games.

Defensively, Garrett Stafford leads their blue line with 32 points (10G, 22A) in 37 games.

In goal, Matt Climie has done the bulk of the work, appearing in 29 games with a 17-11-0 record, three shutouts, a 2.45 GAA and a .922 save percentage.

About the Heat

When the Monsters face Abbotsford on Sunday, both teams will be wrapping up a three-in-three weekend.

The Heat will play in Chicago tonight and in Rockford on Saturday, before entering The Q on Sunday for the first time this season.

Abbotsford enters this weekend's action with a 22-20-2-5 record, good for fifth place in the North Division.

Lake Erie is 0-1-0-1 against the Heat this season.

LEM Leaders

Ben Walter leads the Monsters with 37 points (16G, 21A) this season. Walter has notched five points (3G, 2A) in his last five games.

Mark Olver enters tonight’s action on a three-game goal scoring streak, while his 20 goals on the season rank first and his 31 points rank second on the club. At the AHL All-Star Classic in Hershey, Pa. on January 31st, Olver recorded one assist, five shots and a plus-1 rating.

With two goals against Hamilton on January 29th, Patrick Rissmiller marked his fifth multi-point game and snapped a six-game point drought.


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