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02/24/2008 8:00 PM
For the first time in four matchups this season, Sunday's game between Lake Erie and San Antonio was not decided by just a single goal. Unfortunately for the Monsters, they still found themselves on the wrong end of the result, falling 4-2 in San Antonio on Sunday.
The two teams have met three previous times this season, all within the last month. Each contest came down to a one-goal difference, including most recently, a 1-0 Rampage win on Friday. After Sunday, San Antonio nownholds a 3-1 series advantage of the Monsters.
San Antonio seemed to enjoy the home ice advantage when Jon DiSalvatore scored just :49 seconds into the game. The Rampage almost made it to the first intermission with the 1-0 lead, but Wyatt Smith made sure the Monsters got on the board before the end of the set. He scored on the power play at 19:02, assisted by Philippe Dupuis and Ray Macias. Smith has posted two goals and an assist against the Rampage this season. He has also recorded nine points in the last seven games for the Monsters.
The game remained tied through the middle of the second stanza, when Brent Kelly pushed the Monsters ahead with his unassisted goal at 9:59.
The lead would not last long though, as San Antonio top scorer Matt Murley evened things up at the 13:38 mark, and the home team never looked back. The Rampage took the lead for good just a few minutes later when Bill Thomas found the back of the net at 17:28 of the second.
San Antonio held Lake Erie at bay during the third period, despite allowing the Monsters to outshoot them, 13-6. The Rampage held their one-goal lead until adding another for security at 19:28, resulting in the 4-2 final.
Tyler Weiman was in goal for the Monsters for the first time since January 25th. In his first game back from injury, he deflected 25 of the 28 shots he faced. His San Antonio counterpart Josh Tordjman saved all but two of the 28 shots he encountered.
Sunday's game was the fifth straight on the road for Lake Erie. They will return home on Wednesday to host the Houston Aeros at Quicken Loans Arena at 7:00 p.m.
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