Rampage Notch 4-3 Overtime Win over Marlies
TORONTO (Jan. 3, 2015) - The San Antonio Rampage (19-11-3-0) defeated the Toronto Marlies (14-16-5-0) 4-3 in a Saturday afternoon overtime battle in front of 5,023 at the Ricoh Coliseum. The win gives the Silver and Black their first in the last eight games against Toronto and first of the season series.
Bobby Butler skated in his 100th game as a member of the Rampage and continued a seven-game point streak, as both he and Rocco Grimaldi recorded multi-point games in the win.
Logan Shaw got the Rampage on the board first with a power-play goal at 18:28 of the opening frame, and San Antonio took a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission. Despite doubling up Toronto 12-6 in shots through the middle frame, neither team was able to get on the board as the Rampage held onto a one-goal lead through forty minutes.
To start out an eventful third period, Ryan Rupert tallied the equalizer just 13 seconds in with a shot that soared past Dan Ellis to knot the game at one. Butler, who took a pass from Blake Parlett and converted, gave the Rampage the go-ahead goal on the power play, marking the fourth straight game San Antonio has tallied two goals with the man advantage.
Connor Brown gave the Marlies their first power-play goal, as he beat Ellis from the corner to make it a 2-2 game. Byron Froese scored against his former team from the blue line to give the Marlies their first lead and notch Toronto's second power-play goal of the game. Garrett Wilson tallied his fourth goal in as many games to even the score at three at 16:21. For the 10th time this season, the Rampage would need additional minutes to determine a winner.
At 5:29 of the extra frame, Grimaldi ended the game, skating in on a breakaway and putting the puck through the five-hole of Antoine Bibeau to give the Rampage their first win of the season series. This win also marked the first against the Marlies since Feb. 10, 2012.
Ellis made 20 saves on 23 shots, while Bibeau stopped 31 of 35. San Antonio got their 14th win of the season when outshooting their opponent.
The Rampage finished 2-for-4 on the power play, as they netted a pair of goals on the man advantage for the fourth straight game. Grimaldi, Butler and Wilson all continued streaks, and Ellis recorded a second straight win.
With Quinton Howden out do to an upper-body injury, Brett Olson skated on the Rampage's third line. Ryan Martindale was back in the lineup after returning from the Spengler Cup in Switzerland and skated on the Rampage's top line. Alex Petrovic moved up to San Antonio's first defensive pairing, Jesse Blacker skated with Parlett as a second pairing, and Jonathan Racine and Mackenzie Weegar skated as a third pair. Defenseman Steven Kampfer was a healthy scratch.
The Rampage stay on the road to take on the Adirondack Flames Tuesday in a 6:00 p.m. puck drop before taking on the Rochester Americans Wednesday, in their sixth straight road game. San Antonio returns home to face the Iowa Wild on Jan. 10. Individual and season tickets can be purchased by calling a Rampage representative at 210-444-5554 or online at sarampage.com .
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