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Rampage Defeat Abbotsford In Overtime

Jason DeSantis tallies game-winner 35 seconds into overtime

Wednesday, 12.5.2012 / 1:10 AM ET / Recap
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Rampage Defeat Abbotsford In Overtime

ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia (December 4, 2012) – Rampage defenseman Jason DeSantis recorded his first goal of the season just 35 seconds into overtime, as San Antonio (7-11-0-3) defeated the Abbotsford Heat, 3-2, Tuesday night at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. The Rampage have now won three of the first four games in their current road trip and four of their last five games in Abbotsford.

San Antonio netminder Jacob Markstom stopped 32 of 34 shots and made several spectacular saves down the stretch to keep the Rampage in the game and force overtime. Markstom has now won three-straight starts between the pipes.

In addition, Greg Rallo notched his fourth goal in as many games in the victory and his four game goal streak tops the American Hockey League charts.

The Rampage took a 1-0 lead at 3:24 of the first period on Casey Wellman’s first goal since Nov. 13. James Wright picked up an assist on the play, extending his point-scoring streak to four games on four assists.

The Heat (13-3-3-2) owned the second-best power play in the league at home entering the contest (15-for-53; 28.3%) and cashed in with the man advantage at 6:18 of the first period to tie the game at 1-1. Abbotsford forward Roman Horak tipped a shot past Markstom for his team-leading 12th goal of the year.

Rallo reclaimed the lead for the Rampage at 15:22 of first period to extend his goal-scoring streak to four games. Defenseman Colby Robak also picked up an assist on the play to give the Rampage a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.

Abbotsford took advantage of a Rampage turnover to tie the game, 2-2, at 10:37 of the second period. Max Reinhart lit the lamp on a shot from the left faceoff dot with Horak collecting the assist.

The Heat outshot the Rampage, 11-2, in the middle frame, but Markstrom kept the game tied with several acrobat saves. Markstrom made several more impressive saves late in the game, including a point-blank save on Ben Street with six minutes remaining in regulation, to help force overtime.

In overtime, the Rampage rushed up the ice on a 3-on-2 odd-man rush and Jon Rheault found DeSantis crashing the net. The Rampage defenseman made no mistake in placing the puck past Abbotsford goaltender Barry Brust.

San Antonio was outshot 34-17 on the night and went 0-for-2 on the power play, while Abbotsford went 1-for-5 with the man advantage.

The Rampage and Heat will meet again tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9 p.m. CT to wrap up the five-game road trip for the Silver and Black. The Rampage return home on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. for Salute to the Badges Night to kick off a two-game set with the Oklahoma City Barons.

Individual, and season, tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the AT&T Center Southeast Box Office, by calling a Rampage representative at 210-444-5554 or online at sarampage.com

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  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

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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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