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Rampage Open 10th Season With 3-2 Shootout Win Over Wolves

Sunday, 10.9.2011 / 12:30 AM ET / Recap
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Rampage Open 10th Season With 3-2 Shootout Win Over Wolves
Rampage players celebrate during the Rampage opening game, a 3-2 shootout victory over Chicago (Photo Credit: Darren Abate).
The Rampage opened their 10th anniversary season with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Chicago Wolves in front of a record-breaking home opening crowd of 9,062 Saturday night at the AT&T Center.

The previous record was set on the night of the first home game in franchise history as 8,536 fans saw the Rampage take the ice for the first time in San Antonio on Nov. 3, 2002 against the Houston Aeros.

Forwards Bracken Kearns and Jonathan Hazen scored goals in regulation for the Rampage and goaltender Brian Foster did not allow a goal in the shootout as San Antonio edged Chicago.

Bracken Kearns opened the scoring with a goal just 27 seconds into the game making it the fastest Rampage goal to start the season. Center Tim Kennedy fed defenseman Nolan Yonkman with a pass at the top of the blueline, Yonkman then wristed a shot from the point that Kearns deflected past Wolves goalie Eddie Lack for a 1-0 San Antonio lead.

With 20 seconds remaining in the opening frame, Wolves center Kevin Doell evened the score at 1-1. Chicago forward Michael Davies started the play that led to the goal with a pass from the top of the right circle to Darren Haydar. Haydar’s shot from the left circle was stopped by Rampage goaltender Manny Legace but Doell was there to put home the rebound. His shot went through Legace’s legs and Doell had his first goal of the year.

Foster relieved Legace to start the second as Legace stopped seven of the eight shots he faced.

Wolves left wing Darren Archibald broke the tie 11:12 into the second stanza. With Chicago on a power play, Haydar streaked into the Rampage zone and backhanded a pass to Archiblad in front of the net to Foster’s right. Archibald deflected the puck over Foster’s blocker and the Wolves gained a 2-1 lead. Defenseman Kevin Connauton was credited with the second assist on the play.

Forward Jonathan Hazen responded with his first professional goal in his AHL debut at the 16:36 mark of the second stanza. Hazen took a pass in the slot from Colby Robak and fired a snap shot that beat Lack high over the glove side to knot the game 2-2. Mark Cullen picked up a secondary assist on the play for his first point of the season.

After a scoreless third period and overtime, the teams headed to the shootout where A.J. Jenks and Hazen beat Lack and Foster denied all four Wolves’ shooters to give the Rampage their first two points of the season.

Lack made 31 saves on 33 Rampage shots while Foster stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced after coming in to start the second.

The Rampage will host the Oklahoma City Barons next Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center for the first KZEP $1 Drink Night of the season. 

Watch sarampage.com's post game coverage with interviews from Coach Chuck Weber, Jonathan Hazen and Braken Kearns. You can also enjoy the game highlights!

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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