by Jim Fossell

February 13, 2016

Cedar Rapids, IA – The St. Louis Ambush posted their highest-scoring game of the season when they defeated the Cedar Rapids Rampage 10-7 at the US Cellular Arena in Cedar Rapids Saturday night. The match left both teams with identical 13-3 records.

Cedar Rapids drew first blood when Neto scored 2:14 into the contest. Andre Hayne answered just seven seconds later (2:21) with his tenth goal of the season. Ambush defender Chris Mattingly was sent off with a charging penalty at 11:04 and former Ambush forward Gordy Gurson scored a power play goal against his former team at 13:03. St. Louis drew even on forward Freddy Moojen’s tally in the last minute of the quarter (14:27).

Neither team scored in the second quarter until the final two minutes. Rampage defender Jayme Kapinos was sent to the penalty box for elbowing at 12:29 and St. Louis made good on the man advantage when Moojen scored his second goal of the match at 13:02. The teams headed to the locker rooms for the halftime break with the visitors holding a 3-2 lead.

Cedar Rapids drew even (3-3) at 3:52 of the third quarter when Gurson found the back of the net for the second time in the match. Cedar Rapids took the lead (4-3) at 6:32 when Ambush goalkeeper Piotr Sliwa came out of the goal to make a save and Diego Bobadilla was able to score on the open goal before Sliwa could get back. Lucas Almeida scored the equalizer for the Ambush in the final minute (14:36) to tie the game heading into the final stanza.

The Ambush gained a 5-4 lead on Chad Vandegriffe’s goal at 3:35 of the fourth period. Moojen gave St. Louis a two-goal lead when he completed the hat trick at 6:47. With 6:30 remaining in the game, Cedar Rapids put Hewerton in as the sixth attacker. The Ambush increased their lead to three when Odaine Sinclair was in position in front of the goal mouth and was able to score easily off a pass from Richard Schmermund at 8:30. Jeff DiMaria increased the Ambush lead to 8-4 with an open net goal at 10:32. The Rampage answered less than a minute later (11:03) on a goal by Alfee Robbins. Moojen achieved a double brace with his fourth goal of the night at 11:20 to increase the Ambush lead to 9-5. The Rampage gained a man advantage when Schmermund earned a trip to the penalty box on a dangerous play call at 12:04. Former Ambush forward Blake Ordell made good on the man advantage with his power play goal at 12:41. St. Louis took a 10-6 lead when Sinclair scored his second of the night at 14:23. Cedar Rapids fought until the final buzzer, though, as Hewerton scored at 14:43 to make the final score 10-7.

Piotr Sliwa made 11 saves on 18 save attempts in goal for St. Louis, and improved his record to 3-0. Joe Kapinos saved 25 on 31 chances in suffering his twelfth loss in goal for Cedar Rapids. Officials charged the Rampage with seven fouls and nine penalty minutes, while the Ambush were assessed 11 fouls and 8 penalty minutes.

The Ambush return home for the final three home games of the season. The Detroit Waza Flo come to town on February 19, the Rampage visit on February 20 and the Baltimore Blast invade the Family Arena on February 26.

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