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03/11/2012 7:10 PM
After four shootouts and two overtimes over the last six games, it finally took only 60 minutes to decide a Monsters game. Brad Malone earned the game-winning goal for the Monsters for the second straight night as Lake Erie (32-25-2-4) held off the San Antonio Rampage (33-24-3-1) for a 3-2 victory on the road.
The Monsters earned five of six possible points on their weekend three-in-three road trip, and have now earned 11 of 12 possible points over their last six games since March 2nd. With the win, the Monsters also sweep the four-game season series against the Rampage, taking all four meetings in regulation.
Patrick Rissmiller's 10th goal of the season opened the scoring at 8:43 of the first period when he tipped home a Mike Brennan point shot and beat San Antonio goalie Dov Grumet-Morris. Dallas Jackson assisted on the goal as well for his first point as a Monster. The first period ended with Lake Erie leading 1-0.
Greg Mauldin extended the Monsters lead to 2-0 when he scored on a shorthanded breakaway following a Rampage turnover at 2:55 of the second period. Mauldin went top-shelf on Grumet-Morris for his 13th goal of the season.
Evan Barlow deflected a puck by Monsters goalie Cedrick Desjardins to pull San Antonio to within a goal at 5:12 of the second period, but the Monsters would regain a two-goal lead before the period expired.
After Mauldin one-timed a puck wide of the San Antonio net, Peter MacArthur centered a puck for Malone in the slot, and Malone fired the puck by Grumet-Morris for his second goal in as many games at 18:56 of the second period. The goal was Malone's ninth of the season, and gave the Monsters a 3-1 lead.
Colby Robak scored on a wrist shot from the right circle in the third for San Antonio, but the Monsters held on for the 3-2 win.
Desjardins stopped 23 of 25 shots to improve to 12-6-2. Dov Grumet-Morris stopped 22 of 25 shots and is now 19-10-1.
The Monsters return to action when they host the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:30 PM at Quicken Loans Arena.
NOTES: Mauldin's last two goals have come shorthanded; he scored a shorthanded goal Sunday 3/4/12 in a 2-1 Monsters overtime win over Charlotte... The game snaps a string of six straight extra-time games for the Monsters... The Monsters’ last seven-game unbeaten-in-regulation streak took place from 1/28/12 to 2/15/12... Peter MacArthur has assists in back-to-back games... Brad Malone has goals in consecutive games... The Monsters improve to .500 on the road with the win in San Antonio; they are now 15-15-1-3 away from Quicken Loans Arena... The Monsters are 12-3-0-3 since the all-star break.
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