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Rampage Can't Stop Checkers

Sunday, 12.16.2012 / 9:53 PM / Recap
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Rampage Can\'t Stop Checkers

SAN ANTONIO (December 16, 2012) – The San Antonio Rampage (10-15-0-3) surrendered a third period five-on-three goal which held as the game winner, as the Silver and Black fell, 2-1, to the South-division leading Charlotte Checkers (17-9-0-2) Sunday afternoon in front of 4,788 fans at the AT&T Center.

Rampage goaltender Jacob Markstrom accepted his award as last week’s CCM/AHL Player of Week and made 32 saves off of 34 shots, but the power-play goal in the final frame ultimately sunk San Antonio.

The Rampage are now winless in their last four games (0-4-0-0), while Charlotte has won four straight to climb into a tie for first place in the Western Conference with Abbotsford.

Charlotte struck first on Sunday afternoon while shorthanded. Drayson Bowman fired a shot past Markstrom from the left wing at 3:10 of the opening frame. It was the second shorthanded goal the Checkers have scored against the Rampage this year. 

Eric Selleck answered for San Antonio at 9:25 of the first period after receiving a pass from Scott Timmins. Selleck held the puck through the slot and threw a shot on net that snuck through the pads of Checker’s goaltender Justin Peters to tie the game at 1-1.

Rampage forward Quinton Howden had the best scoring chance of the second period when he carried the puck down the right wing and accelerated past a Checker’s defenseman. Howden was able to get a low shot on goal, but Peters held strong and made a pad save.

San Antonio came out inspired in the third period with the score still knotted at 1-1. The Rampage didn’t allow a shot on goal through the first 10 minutes of the frame, while upping their offensive pressure.

However, it was Charlotte who ultimately broke the tie at the 12:36 mark of the third period with the lengthy two-man advantage. Defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani received a pass in the high slot and fired a one-timer that beat Markstrom. The goal marked Gragnani’s first of the season.

Charlotte owns the best road power play in the league (17-for-60, 28.3%), and the Rampage held the visitors to 1-for-6 on the power play. San Antonio finished 0-for-3 with the man advantage. The Checkers won the shot battle, 34-23.

The Herd will head to Cedar Park to face the Stars on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The game will air live on Fox Sports Southwest. The Rampage will then head to Ontario for a Friday tilt against Toronto at 6 p.m. and Hamilton on Saturday at 6 p.m. before the holiday break.

The Silver and Black return to the AT&T Center on Saturday, Dec. 29th to face the Houston Aeros at 7 p.m.

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 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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