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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 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
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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

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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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