Former Rampage Skaters Come Up Big in Game 3
The Colorado Eagles returned home Wednesday for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series against the Allen Americans. After taking the first two contests in convincing fashion, the Colorado Eagles provided fans with a seventh consecutive victory as they outlasted the Americans 4-2 on Wednesday night.
Former Rampage Skaters Alex Belzile, Shawn St. Amant and Mason Geertsen all tallied multiple-point games and combined for two goals and all six of Colorado’s assists. Belzile continued his dominance in the Kelly Cup Playoffs as he extended his goal-scoring streak to seven games, while collecting his league-leading 17th point in the last eight postseason games.
Jake Marto opened the scoring for the Eagles on the power play midway through the first period when St. Amant and Belzile set up the Colorado defenseman for a blast from the slot. The remainder of the period fell scoreless until Allen’s David Makowski landed the Americans first power-play goal of the night with 38 seconds remaining in the frame.
The Eagles wasted no time in the middle stanza, as the trio of former Rampage skaters regained the lead for Colorado at 2:38. Belzile collected the puck from St. Amant and Geertsen and sent a wrister past Allen goaltender Riley Gill for his ninth of the postseason. Colorado took its 2-1 lead into the second intermission.
Just 20 seconds into the third period, Allen’s Chad Costello tied the game at two after finishing a loose puck in front of the net. Despite surrendering an early third-period goal, the Eagles regained the lead at the 12:59 mark when Luke Salazar recorded an unassisted goal. Belzile, Geertsen and St. Amant added insurance with 58 seconds left as the trio registered an empty-net goal to secure a 3-0 lead in the series.
The Eagles host the Americans in Game 4 tonight at the Budweiser Events Center at 8:05 p.m. CT with the chance of closing out the series in a clean sweep. Allen, who is the back-to-back defending Kelly Cup Champions and earned the second-highest point total (104) in the ECHL this season, are facing elimination to the Rampage affiliate. If Colorado wins tonight, they will be moving on the Western Conference Finals to face the winner of the Toledo Walleye and Fort Wayne Komets series.