Rampage Hang on for 9-7 Win over Ambush

by Sydney Nusinov

The Cedar Rapids Rampage played their best first half of the year and then drifted gently to a 9-7 win over the St. Louis Ambush Sunday afternoon at the US Cellular Center. The Ambush have now lost 18 in a row.

The Rampage built an impressive 7-1 lead in the first half, and while the Ambush never threatened to get back into the game, the final score was still uncomfortably close.

Mohamed Kenawy scored the first and last Rampage goals. His second goal, at 4:27 of the fourth quarter, gave Cedar Rapids a 9-4 lead.

All nine Rampage goals were even strength. Gordy Gurson missed a penalty kick and the Rampage didn’t score on the ensuing power play, but Pablo Da Silva scored shortly after the penalty expired to put the team up 2-0. It was a key goal after a missed opportunity. Less than a minute later Gurson redeemed himself with a one-timer goal to make it 3-0.

The Rampage power play woes continued in the second half when the team couldn’t convert a two-man advantage, and Corey Adamson scored shortly after to cut the Rampage lead to 7-3.

Gurson pretty much iced the game with his side volley goal at 9:00 of the third quarter that expanded the lead to 8-3.

Rookie Alex Bradley and third year man Charlie Bales made their season debuts tonight. Bradley saw time on the power play unit and picked up his first career point, assisting Tony Walls’s first goal which gave the Rampage a 4-0 lead.

Gurson finished with a hat trick, while Walls and Kenawy had two goals. Oswaldo Rojas chipped in three assists.

Hewerton Moreira, the former Rampage player/coach, had a goal and two assists for St. Louis, while Corey Adamson added two goals.