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Robak's OT Winner Leads Rampage Past Wolves 5-4 In Game 1

Friday, 04.20.2012 / 12:17 AM ET / Recap
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Robak\'s OT Winner Leads Rampage Past Wolves 5-4 In Game 1
Defenseman Colby Robak
SAN ANTONIO (April 19, 2012) – Colby Robak scored the overtime winner while Jon Matsumoto and James Wright each registered a franchise playoff record four points as the San Antonio Rampage defeated the Chicago Wolves 5-4 on Thursday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series.  With the victory, the Rampage took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five set.
The Wolves scored the first goal of the game at the 12:49 mark of the first period when the rebound of a Jordan Schroeder shot bounced off of Bill Sweatt and into the net.  Sweatt’s goal put Chicago ahead 1-0.
Wright answered for the Rampage with a goal of his own nearly two minutes later.  He took a feed from Bill Thomas in the slot and beat Wolves goaltender Eddie Lack to his right for the score.  Wright’s first goal of the playoff campaign knotted the game at 1-1.
Just 47 seconds following Wright’s tally, Chicago restored their lead with a goal from Tim Miller.  Darren Haydar found Miller cutting through the crease and Miller shot the puck through the legs of Rampage backstop Jacob Markstrom to hand the Wolves a 2-1 edge.
Chicago extended their advantage to two goals with a power-play tally before the first expired.  At 18:55 Nicklas Jensen’s shot from the bottom of the right circle fluttered past Markstrom and made the count 3-1 in favor of the Wolves.
San Antonio rookie Drew Shore brought the Rampage to within one, at 3-2, 3:15 into the second on a one-time feed from Matsumoto.  Shore’s shot went over Lack’s left shoulder giving him his first goal of the playoffs.
Jensen scored his second goal of the contest, another power-play marker, at the 8:01 mark of the middle stanza to give Chicago a 4-2 lead.  He beat Markstrom with a one-timer from the top of the crease for the score.
The back-and-forth contest continued with a Matsumoto goal for San Antonio midway through the second.  With the Rampage on a power play, he tapped in a loose puck at the side of the Chicago net to cut the San Antonio deficit to 4-3.
At 5:23 of the third period Matsumoto tied the game at 4-4 with his second goal of the contest.  His shot from the slot went off of a Chicago defender and into the Wolves net to knot the score.
Robak’s game-winning goal came 14:16 into the extra session while the Rampage were on a power play.  He corralled the rebound of a Wright shot and ripped a slapper past Lack to hand San Antonio the 5-4 win.
Markstrom made 33 saves on 37 Wolves shots while Lack turned aside 32 of the 37 Rampage attempts he faced.
The Rampage and Wolves square off in Game 2 of their series on Saturday at 7 p.m. (CST) at the AT&T Center. is the official Web site of the Florida Panthers. Florida Panthers and are trademarks of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks and NHL Draft name and logo are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.