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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
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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