Monsters Blanked in San Antonio, 3-0

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Michael Houser kept the Lake Erie Monsters (29-31-0-9) off the scoreboard all evening to help the San Antonio Rampage (29-33-3-6) to a 3-0 win over the Monsters Saturday night at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.  The loss is the second straight for the Monsters, who will play the final game of their season-long seven-game road trip Sunday.  The Monsters are eight points behind the Oklahoma City Barons, who hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.  The Monsters have seven games remaining, while Oklahoma City has six games left.

San Antonio scored twice in the second period to take a 2-0 lead through 40 minutes.  Josh McFadden scored his first American Hockey League goal when he picked up a loose puck on a rush up the ice and snapped it past Monsters goalie Calvin Pickard from the slot at 7:11 of the middle frame.  At the 17:05 mark, Connor Brickley batted in a rebound for the Rampage; a power play goal that stretched the San Antonio lead to 2-0.

Greg Rallo snapped a shot from the high slot off a rush up the ice to beat Pickard and extend the Rampage lead to 3-0 on the power play at 7:36 of the third period; Rallo’s goal would be the final tally of the hockey game.

Pickard stopped 27 of 30 in the loss; he is 15-17-6 on the season.  Michael Houser stopped 25 Monsters shots in the shutout for San Antonio; he is 12-12-1 on the season.

The Monsters conclude their road trip tomorrow against the Texas Stars at 6:00 PM Eastern; the game airs live on ESPN 850 WKNR.

NOTES: Mark Olver’s nine-game point streak was snapped in the loss; Olver’s point streak was one-game away from tying the all-time Monsters record… Olver had 12 points over the nine-game point streak… Andrew Agozzino’s six-game point streak was snapped; he had eight points over the course of the streak… David van der Gulik’s five-game point streak was snapped; he had six points over the streak… The Monsters finish the season series against San Antonio with a 1-3-0-0 record… The Monsters are 1-2-0-0 in April… The Monsters are 8-11-0-0 against the West Division… The Monsters are 11-19-0-6 on the road… The Monsters were 0-7 on the power play, while San Antonio was 2-9 with the man-advantage.


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