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Rampage Top Aeros In Overtime

Saturday, 12.29.2012 / 11:57 PM ET / Recap
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Rampage Top Aeros In Overtime

SAN ANTONIO (DECEMBER 29, 2012) – Goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris made 29 saves and Greg Rallo recorded the game-winning goal 50 seconds into overtime, as the San Antonio Rampage (12-17-0-4) defeated the Houston Aeros (16-10-2-3), 2-1, on Saturday night at AT&T Center in front of 6,887 fans.

The game winner was Rallo’s team-leading 12th goal of the year. Grumet-Morris has now won his last two starts, stopping a combined 60-of-63 shots. Rampage forward Drew Shore also tallied assists on both goals and has a goal and three assists in his last three games.

The victory snapped a three-game winless streak against the Aeros dating back to San Antonio’s second game of the season on Oct. 14.

Saturday’s game was a penalty filled affair, with both teams cashing in on their lone goals in regulation while on the power play. San Antonio finished the night 1-for-5 with the man advantage, while Houston was 1-for-7 on the power play.

Houston kicked off the game with two early power plays within the first five minutes of action. The Aeros had been deadly against the Rampage on the power play this season, converting on seven of their first 24 chances. San Antonio, however, was able to keep the Aeros off the board on their early power-play chances.

In fact, it was actually the Rampage who cashed in with a power-play tally of their own off a bang-bang passing play in the opening frame. Shore set up the play on the left faceoff dot and dished the puck down low to Jon Rheault at the goal line. Rheault proceeded to fire a quick pass to Sim in the slot, who one-timed the puck into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season.

The power play marker came at 18:43 of the first period and gave the Rampage a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Grumet-Morris stopped all 12 shots he faced in the second period to help the Rampage defend the lead. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound goalie made five saves in a sequence midway through the period, and went on to make several other outstanding stops late in the frame to preserve the lead heading into the final 20 minutes of action.

The Rampage netminder continued his stellar play early in the third period. Two minutes into the frame, Grumet-Morris found himself out of position after making a save, but quickly recovered and made a sprawling glove save to rob Aeros forward Jason Zucker.

San Antonio had a golden opportunity to extend their lead midway through the third period when they had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:04. However, the Rampage were unable to capitalize with the two-man advantage.

Houston had a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity of their own shortly thereafter and cashed in to make it a 1-1 game at 13:36. Mikael Granlund tried to make a cross-crease pass, but the puck deflected off a Rampage defenseman and into the back of the net.

The Rampage headed to overtime for the second straight night, as they fell to Oklahoma City, 3-2, in a shootout on Friday night.

Less than a minute into the extra session, Shore fired a shot wide of the net. The rebound bounced off the boards and found Rallo at the bottom of the left circle. Before Aeros goaltender Matt Hackett could get back in position, Rallo fired a quick shot into the vacant net to secure the victory for San Antonio. 

The Rampage will wrap up the 2012 calendar year tomorrow (Sunday) at 4:30 p.m. against the division-leading Charlotte Checkers at AT&T Center on an Express-News Sunday Funday. Fans can get a ticket, hot dog, chips and a drink for $13 and can skate on the ice at AT&T Center two hours before the game.

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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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