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April 3, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL) - San Antonio Rampage News Release

SAN ANTONIO (April 3, 2009) - Goalie Josh Tordjman returned to the ice and recorded his fifth shutout of the season and seventh in San Antonio to tie the franchise record as the Rampage put a wrench in Iowa's playoff hopes with a big 2-0 win in front of 9,222 fans at the AT&T Center on Friday night.

Although the Rampage have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, San Antonio has won six of seven and four straight.

Joel Perrault put the Rampage up 1-0 at the 15:42 mark of the first with his 15th goal of the season. Perrault skated up the left wall circling inside the blue line and handing off to Dylan Reese. Reese skated through the left circle losing his defender with a beautiful deke freeing himself into the open slot where he centered to Perrault on the backside of the crease for the easy tap-in.

Perrault has tallied a goal in six of his last seven games including four straight.

The Rampage, who are 17-1 when leading after the first period, cushioned their lead early in the second. David Schlemko registered his 7th goal of the season sending a wrister from the top of the right circle toward the cage of Jean-Phillippe Levasseur. The shot seemed to handcuff Levasseur as it sailed through traffic and bounced off the goalie into the net for a 2-0 Rampage lead at the 5:46 mark.

That was all the scoring San Antonio needed as Tordjman stopped all 22 shots while the Rampage penalty kill was a perfect 6 for 6.

With his goal tonight and assist in the suspended March 21st game at Lake Erie, Perrault has points in a team-high eight straight games. San Antonio travels to Cleveland on Monday to complete the game. The Rampage led 1-0 after the first period before the game was suspended due to unsafe ice conditions.

The Chops, who are fighting for their playoff lives, lost ground to Rockford who beat Syracuse in a shootout. Iowa trails the IceHogs by five points for the fourth spot in the West and trail Toronto by three points in the North. If the fifth place team in the West has more points than the fourth place team in the North, the West Division team qualifies for the playoffs.

Tomorrow the Rampage conclude their season series with Iowa. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday is an Express News Value Night where a game ticket, hot dog, bag of chips and drink is only $15.

SINGLE GAME TICKETS

For Rampage single game ticket information, please call 210.444.5554 or visit www.sarampage.com.

Individual tickets range in price from $9.50 to $40 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster Ticket Center locations, charge by phone at (210) 225-TEAM, online at ticketmaster.com or sarampage.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the AT&T Center Southeast Box Office from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and starting at 10 a.m. on weekend event days.


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