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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 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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