Aeros Surge Past Rampage 5-2
San Antonio, TX - The Houston Aeros (40-25-5-5, 90 points) defeated the San Antonio (29-38-2-7, 67 points) 5-2 on Saturday night in front of 10,836 fans at AT&T Center. Trailing 2-0 after one period of play, Houston rattled off three goals in the second period and added two more in the third for the three-goal win. Aeros goalie Mike Condon (3-0-0) made a career-high 39 saves on 41 Rampage shots for the win. Leading scorer Justin Fontaine led the charge, scoring twice and adding an assist in the final meeting of the regular season. Brian Connelly and David McIntyre each picked up two assists, as the team moved to 19-14-2-2 on the road with their fourth straight win. Steven Kampfer, Brett Bulmer and Dan DaSilva also scored for Houston, which posted its seventh win in the last eight games. San Antonio goalie Dov Grumet-Morris (12-22-5) finished with 32 saves in defeat. Houston ends the regular season with a road game Sunday in Oklahoma City against the Barons at 4:00 p.m.
San Antonio claimed the opening goal, scoring at 14:20 of the first period. Forward Jared Gomes accepted a pass from Jon Rheault down by the Aeros crease. Gomes snuck a backhand shot past goalie Mike Condon for his 16th goal of the year and a 1-0 Rampage lead. Just over a minute later, defenseman Colby Robak fired a shot through traffic from the blue line, beating Condon for the 2-0 score. Robak's fifth goal of the season was set up by Jonathan Hazen at 15:28.
Houston stormed back into the game in the second period, trimming the deficit to 2-1 after Brett Bulmer scored just 2:00 into the period. Center Zack Phillips set up Bulmer's fourth goal of the season. The Aeros tied the game 2-2 at 9:00 of the second period. Forward Dan DaSilva stickhandled down low in the Rampage zone, slipping a shot past goalie Dov Grumet-Morris. DaSilva's eighth goal of the season came on the power play, with assists going to Justin Fontaine and Brian Connelly. Houston pushed in front 3-2 at 13:45 of the middle frame. Forward David McIntyre led a two-on-one rush into the San Antonio zone. McIntyre set up defenseman Steven Kampfer for his fourth goal of the season. Carson McMillan added an assist on the tally.
Houston expanded its lead to 4-2 at 13:34 of the final frame. David McIntyre sprung Justin Fontaine for an up-ice rush. Fontaine worked one-on-one with a Rampage defender, rifling off a shot that beat Grumet-Morris for his 22nd goal of the season. With 2:39 left on the clock, Chad Rau found Fontaine out in front of the Rampage net. Fontaine slipped his 23rd goal of the year past Grumet-Morris for the 5-2 final score.
Houston finishes the 2012-13 regular season with a 4:00 p.m. game at the Oklahoma City Barons.
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