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Rampage Topple Checkers 5-2

Sunday, 12.30.2012 / 10:00 PM ET / Recap
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Rampage Topple Checkers 5-2

SAN ANTONIO (December 30, 2012) -- The San Antonio Rampage (13-17-0-4) put an exclamation point on the end of the calendar year, as they defeated the division leading Charlotte Checkers (18-11-1-3), 5-2, Sunday afternoon at the AT&T Center in front of 4,746 fans.

Jacob Markstrom made a career high 49 saves off of 51 shots in the win and was named the First Star of the Game. Meanwhile, rookie defenseman John Lee completed a Gordie Howe Hat Trick with his first career professional points and a fight in the third period. Lee earned Second Star of the Game honors for his efforts.

With the victory, San Antonio has taken seven of a possible eight points in their last four games (3-0-0-1). The win came against the best road team in the Western Conference and snapped a three-game winless streak against the Checkers this season.

It was a night to remember for several Rampage rookies as six combined for nine points, including two-point nights from Jared Gomes, Drew Shore, and Lee.

But the night belonged to Markstrom, who once again stood tall for San Antonio in a game in which the Rampage were outshot, 51-31. Of his 49 saves, 24 came in the third period when Charlotte kick started its offense. The win capped off a big weekend for the Swedish netminder, who made 91 saves in his two starts.

Gomes opened the scoring for San Antonio 17:12 of the first period when Lee moved the puck to Jonathan Hazen in the neutral zone. Hazen feathered a pass to Gomes across the ice and sent him in on a two-on-one. Gomes fired and the puck bounced under the pads of Charlotte goaltender Justin Peters for his seventh goal of the season.

Casey Wellman added a historic tally at 3:56 of the second period after Jon Sim broke into the Checkers zone looking for a breakaway. With a Charlotte defender on him, Sim moved the puck to Shore who found Wellman open on the right wing side. The goal was Wellman’s 100th career point in the AHL.

Later in the second period, with Charlotte on a power play, Gomes rushed in short handed with Quinton Howden. Gomes slid the puck to Howden, who buried it for his second short-handed tally of the year.

The Checkers began to fight back in the third period, trailing 3-0. Charlotte’s 26 shots in the frame was a franchise high for shots surrendered by the Rampage in a single period.

Bobby Sanguinetti got Charlotte on the board with a power-play goal 1:48 in the final frame. The Rampage had just killed a 5-on-3 penalty, but Sanguinetti scored with a blast from the point just as Nolan Yonkman exited the box.

Lee reopened a three-goal lead for the Rampage four minutes later with an accurate slap shot from the right faceoff dot that beat Peters top corner. The goal was Lee’s first as a professional, which came in his 14th game in the Silver and Black.

Justin Shugg would add another goal for Charlotte at 15:15 of the third period, but the Rampage again answered. Shore netted an insurance goal at 16:55 to make it 5-2 Rampage. Shore extended his point-scoring streak to four games and now has two goals and five assists in that span.

San Antonio held the league’s best road power-play unit to just 1-for-7 on the night, while the Rampage finished 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

The Rampage will kick off 2013 with a Friday night tilt against the Peoria Rivermen on a KZEP Dollar Drink Night. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. 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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

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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