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Rampage Topple Checkers 5-2

Sunday, 12.30.2012 / 10:00 PM / 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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 60 39 16 5 162 133 83
2 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
3 NYR 59 37 16 6 186 145 80
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
6 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 60 26 21 13 145 169 65
10 PHI 61 26 24 11 162 178 63
11 OTT 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 59 26 29 4 155 184 56
14 TOR 60 24 31 5 167 183 53
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 61 18 38 5 114 204 41

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 60 21 15 -7 36
J. Huberdeau 57 9 24 5 33
A. Ekblad 60 9 23 6 32
J. Jokinen 59 6 25 -3 31
B. Boyes 58 10 18 6 28
J. Hayes 51 17 10 -3 27
A. Barkov 49 9 12 -3 21
T. Fleischmann 51 7 14 12 21
B. Campbell 60 3 17 2 20
S. Bergenheim 39 8 10 2 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 22 15 11 .921 2.39
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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