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Rampage Blank Heat 4-0

Markstrom stops all 36 shots to record first shutout of season.

Thursday, 12.6.2012 / 1:30 AM ET / Recap
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Rampage Blank Heat 4-0

ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia (December 5, 2012) – Rampage goaltender Jacob Markstrom stopped all 36 shots he faced as San Antonio (8-11-0-3) shut out the Western Conference- leading Abbotsford Heat (13-4-3-3), 4-0, Wednesday night in British Columbia. The victory concluded a five-game road trip for the Rampage, who went 4-1-0-0 against North Division opponents on the trip.

The shutout was Markstrom’s first of the season, and third of his career, as he stopped 68 of 70 shots in the Rampage’s two-game sweep of the Heat. San Antonio has now won five of their last six games in Abbotsford.

Rampage rookie Quinton Howden also had his first professional multi-goal game, as he tallied a goal in the second period and the club’s first empty-net goal of the year with 1:49 remaining in regulation. Fellow rookie Justin Vaive also had a memorable night, tallying his first American Hockey League goal.

Scott Timmins opened the scoring at 4:29 of the first period when he gathered a loose puck and threw it on net. The shot beat Heat goaltender Leland Irving to give the Rampage the early lead. The goal was Timmins’ second of the road trip and third of the season. 

Vaive checked in with his first AHL goal at 7:06 of the first period. The Rampage rookie fired a shot from the left circle that beat Taylor stick side, with Timmins collecting an assist.

Howden ended Irving’s night at 5:30 of the second period when he rushed in on the right wing side and fired a low shot that beat the Heat netminder between the pads to make it 3-0 San Antonio. Danny Taylor came on in relief of Irving, who had allowed three goals off eight shots.

Howden would add an empty-net goal at 18:11 of the third period to ice the game for the Rampage and send the team back to San Antonio on a high note.

The Rampage were outshot, 36-14, in the game – and 70-31 in the two-game series – but Markstrom was the difference in net in both games, making several incredible stops including a point blank save off Heat winger Greg Nemisz in the third period.

In his last six starts, Markstrom has surrendered a total of 10 goals, while stopping 188 shots. In that span, he hasn't surrendered more than two goals in a single game. Markstrom brings a personal four-game winning streak back to the Alamo City.

The Rampage ended the night 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Heat finished 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

The Rampage will return to the Alamo City 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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 53 17 23 13 40
J. Huberdeau 56 11 29 10 40
J. Jokinen 56 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 56 17 18 2 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 56 18 16 11 34
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 52 11 13 17 24
B. Campbell 56 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 41 9 10 -5 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 14 5 .924 2.29
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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