CLEVELAND – Ryan Graves’ goal with 36 seconds remaining lifted the San Antonio Rampage to a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Monsters (24-39-7-3) in front of 12,140 fans at Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday afternoon.
San Antonio lit the lamp in the first period when Andrew Agozzino put home a short-handed goal off the feed from Travis Barron at 14:40. Just over two minutes later saw the Monsters knot the score up with Brady’s Austin goal, making it 1-1 going into the second period.
The middle stanza opened just like the first one did, with Agozzino scoring his second of the game with a nice one-timer 44 seconds in. Cleveland tied things up once again with Jefferson Dahl’s second of the season at 13:20. Sam Blais gave San Antonio the lead once again five minutes later, putting the Rampage up 3-2 going into the final period.
Calvin Thurkauf took advantage of a San Antonio turnover and easily beat Rampage goaltender Adam Werner 43 ticks into the period. The game would go scoreless the next 19 minutes until Graves’ goal with 36 seconds remaining to lift the Silver and Black to a 4-3 win.
The victory clinches a winning season for San Antonio for the first time since 2015, the last time they went to the Calder Cup Playoffs.
The Rampage are now 34-29-10-0 no on the season and will return to the ice on Thursday night when they welcome the Grand Rapids Griffins to the AT&T Center at 7 p.m. CDT.