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Robak, Markstrom Lead Rampage To First Win Of Season

Defenseman scores game-winner late while netminder turns aside 30 in 3-2 victory over Houston.

Sunday, 10.14.2012 / 9:44 PM ET / Recap
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Robak, Markstrom Lead Rampage To First Win Of Season

HEAD COACH CHUCK WEBER POST-GAME
GOALTENDER JACOB MARKSTROM POST-GAME
DEFENSEMAN COLBY ROBAK POST-GAME
FORWARD GREG RALLO POST-GAME
GAME HIGHLIGHTS
Colby Robak reminded the San Antonio faithful why he was an American League All-Star last season, as his third period goal gave the San Antonio Rampage (1-1-0-0) their first win of the season, 3-2, over the Houston Aeros (0-2-0-0) Sunday afternoon in front of 4,092 at the AT&T Center.
 
Robak also had an assist to cap off a two-point night en route to being named the First Star of the Game. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom stood tall in net for the Rampage, stopping 30 of the 32 shots he faced.
 
"It was huge," said Robak of the victory. "Last night I think there was some nerves around the room. A lot of guys first game and what not. It's pro hockey. It's a big step from junior and college and where they played before so tonight was better offensively, defensively, controlling the neutral zone and it paid off."

The Rampage penalty killers once again produced a solid effort as they held Houston to 2-for-9 on the man advantage, improving to 2-for-17 in their first two games of the year.

"Of course we have to improve on that, not taking too many penalties," said Markstrom. "It's been bad these first two games but our PK has stepped up and have been playing unbelievable, especially in the third period."
 
Houston converted on the power play to open the scoring at 3:46 when rookie Charlie Coyle redirected a cross crease pass by Markstrom to put the Aeros up 1-0.
 
Four minutes later, the Rampage struck back with a power-play goal of their own when Jean-Francois Jacques deflected in a rebound off his skate from a point shot by Robak.  The goal was the first of the season for Jacques.
 
At 4:15 into the second period the Rampage claimed the lead when Houston netminder Matt Hackett misplayed the puck behind his own net. Center Greg Rallo grabbed the puck out of the air and sent a backhand shot past a scrambling Hackett to give the Rampage the lead.

"I thought we did a better job in our support and our offensive zone play," said head coach Chuck Weber. "I thought we were a little bit closer on the forecheck which allowed us to sustain some pressure. I thought we did a better job from that end of the game. We played alright five-on-five."
 
Markstrom made several acrobatic saves in the second period to keep the Rampage in the game, including a right pad save that took away a sure goal from Houston forward Zack Phillips.

"It feels great to finally get started with some games and not practice all the time," said Markstrom.
 
Aeros forward Jason Zucker tallied a power-play goal with just over a minute remaining in the second period to send the two teams into the intermission knotted at 2-2. Markstrom made the initial save on Zucker, but the Houston rookie was able to net the rebound.
 
The score remained tied through more than half of the third period until Casey Wellman fed a trailing Robak at the top of the left circle. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound defenseman fired a slapshot that beat Hackett clean to reclaim the lead for San Antonio.

"We were in our defensive end and we had a play set up just to get it out and it worked so that's kind of my game is jumping up in the play," recalled Robak. "Casey (Wellman) made an unreal pass that just laid out there for me and I just buried my head, shot it and fortunately it went in."
 
The Rampage were able to hold on for the win and grabbed their first two points of the season.
 
The Silver and Black will travel to Oklahoma City on Friday night where they will face the Barons at 7:00 p.m. before returning home to face off against the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday at the AT&T center. Faceoff for Saturday’s tilt is set for 7:00 p.m. Individual game tickets can be purchased by calling 210-444-5554 or by visiting sarampage.com. 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 49 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 52 10 27 10 37
A. Barkov 42 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 52 10 25 12 35
V. Trocheck 52 17 16 4 33
R. Smith 52 16 15 11 31
B. Pirri 48 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 48 10 12 21 22
B. Campbell 52 4 16 17 20
N. Bjugstad 37 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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