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Rampage Fall at OKC, 5-3

Saturday, 12.15.2012 / 11:47 PM ET / Recap
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Rampage Fall at OKC, 5-3

OKLAHOMA CITY (December 15, 2012) -  Jonathan Sim recorded the Rampage’s first hat trick of the season, but Oklahoma City (13-9-1-2) defeated San Antonio (10-14-0-3), 5-3, Saturday night at the Cox Convention Center.

Sim became the 13th player in Rampage history to record a hat trick and was named the Second Star of the Game for his efforts. Sim’s hat trick came in his fifth game with the Rampage after signing a professional try-out contract with the club on Dec. 7.

Oklahoma City forward Jordan Eberle, who leads the AHL with 19 goals, also recorded a hat trick in the game and tacked on an empty net goal for a four-goal night.

Sim opened the scoring for San Antonio at 3:26 of the first period off a nice pass from Jared Gomes who was set up behind the net. The goal was Sim’s second as a member of the Rampage and second in as many nights. It marked the second straight game that the Gomes to Sim combination resulted in a goal.

Oklahoma City got the last word in the period, though, when Justin Schultz, who has 37 points and is tied atop the league leader boards with Eberle, struck on the power play at 18:53. Schutlz’s goal was also the second in as many nights for the rookie defenseman.

Eberle once again burned the Rampage at 8:55 of the second period when he made a nifty move around a Rampage defenseman and beat Grumet-Morris. Eberle struck again at 15:17 of the second period off a feed from Mark Arcobello.

Sim made it a one-goal game heading into the third period when he banged a puck home in a net-mouth scrum on the power play at 19:19 of the second period.

Eberle completed the hat trick 52 seconds into the third period on the power play thanks to another nifty pass from Arcobello, who had four assists on the night.

Sim answered back for the Rampage and completed a hat trick of his own at 12:29 of the third period after he banged home a rebound off an Eric Selleck shot to make it 4-3.

With Grumet-Morris pulled the Rampage applied late pressure, but it was Eberle who would ultimately end any comeback hopes when he scored his fourth goal of the night into the empty net. The goal was his eighth in six games against San Antonio.

Rampage netminder Dov Grumet-Morris made 20 saves off 24 shot in his first start since December 1st.

The Barons own the league’s best power play and went 2-for-5 with the man advantage on the night after the Rampage had previously held them to 2-for-18 in the first five meetings between the clubs. San Antonio ended the night 1-for-5 on the power play and won the shot battle, 26-25.

The Herd return to the AT&T Center to play their last home game before the holiday break against the Charlotte Checkers at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The game will also mark an Express-News Sunday Funday at AT&T Center. 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 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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