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Rampage Roll To Franchise Best Seventh Straight Win

April 11, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL) - San Antonio Rampage News Release

SAN ANTONIO (April 11, 2009) - Kevin Porter set up the last three Rampage goals leading San Antonio back from a two-goal deficit to win their franchise record seventh straight game beating Houston 4-2 before 8,265 at the AT&T Center on Saturday night.

San Antonio entered as the hottest team in the AHL having won nine of their last ten, including a franchise-tying best, six straight. Winners of their last four home contests as well, a Rampage win in their home finale would put them above .500 on home ice for the first time all season.

Houston looked to start some playoff momentum and got on the board quickly when Maxim Noreau scored 2:06 into the first. Noreau scored unassisted when he sent a shot from just inside the blueline through traffic and past Rampage goalie Josh Tordjman. Tordjman didn't see the puck until it was too late as it snuck just between the far post and the stick-side.

The Rampage, who beat Aeros goalie Anton Khudobin in relief last night in Houston, could not muster much offense against the 22-year-old netminder in the first. San Antonio got off only four shots despite having two power play chances in the first.

In the second, Houston extended their lead when John Lammers scored 3:39 into frame. Houston took advantage of their third power play chance of the night when Lammers skated unmolested up the right wing. Tordjman stopped Lammers first attempt, but the winger deposited his own rebound, five-hole, for a 2-0 Houston lead.

That score seemed to wake up the Rampage offense as San Antonio finally put some pressure on Khudobin's net. Dylan Reese out-worked Houston along the left wall finding Simon Ferguson inside the left circle. Ferguson went top shelf by ripping a wrister past Khudobin to pull the Rampage to within a goal at 2-1.

After a roughing penalty at 13:43, San Antonio capitalized on their fourth power play of the night and it took just four seconds. Joel Perrault won the draw from the left face-off circle to Kevin Porter. Porter quickly reversed the puck to Sean Sullivan in high-slot, who beat Khubodin through the traffic created by Steven Goertzen to tie the game at 2-2 going to the third.

San Antonio had not won a game all season when trailing by two or more goals. Twice the Rampage came back from two-goal third period deficits only to lose in overtime at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on February 6th and to Rockford in a shootout on February 28th.

This night would be different. A Houston penalty late in the third period gave the Rampage a power-play chance with 3:10 left in regulation. Porter skated through the neutral zone and weaved his way through the Aeros' defense before centering across the slot to the trailing Wyatt Smith who sent his one-timer to the back of the net giving the Rampage a 3-2 lead with 2:16 remaining.

San Antonio put the game on ice when Porter set up an empty net score for former Michigan Wolverine teammate Chad Kolarik giving him three assists on night.

Tordjman got his fourth straight win since returning from Phoenix as he stopped 19 of 21 shots.

San Antonio has won three straight on the road and four straight against the Aeros. The Rampage and Houston conclude their regular season series tomorrow with an Easter Sunday matinee in Houston. A Rampage win would close San Antonio's season at the .500 mark despite starting the year 2-20-0-1.

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