The San Antonio Rampage won their second consecutive contest after defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-4 at the AT&T Center on Sunday afternoon. The Rampage improve to 22-8-1-0 as they continue to lead the Western Conference standings with 45 points.
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Four players registered multiple point nights for the Rampage including rookie defenseman Michael Stone’s first of his professional career with two assists. In addition, Alex Picard scored two goals, Bracken Kearns had one goal and one assist and Brett MacLean tallied two assists for a team-high ninth multi-point game.
The game marked a season-high four fights and 40 penalty minutes for San Antonio as left wing Ryan Hollweg led the pack with 17 penalty minutes.
Hamilton took the first lead of the game 9:50 after the initial puck drop when left wing Andrew Conboy benefited from a two-on-one situation with center Gabriel Dumont in front of the San Antonio net to score from the left crease and give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 2-0 as Conboy and Dumont linked up for the second time in a row just 30 seconds into the second period. Dumont sent a centering feed to Conboy who beat Rampage goaltender Joe Fallon low stick side.
Halfway through regulation the Rampage sparked a four-goal rally as Bracken Kearns lit the lamp to snap San Antonio’s 179:22 scoreless streak against the Bulldogs. The last time the Rampage scored a goal against Hamilton was on March 24, 2009 at the 11:38 mark of the second period by MacLean.
Kearns’ power-play goal at the 10 minute mark of the second frame was assisted by Peter MacArthur, his first of the season, and Stone.
San Antonio netted the equalizer on rookie Maxim Goncharov’s long shot from the point that went through traffic to beat Mayer high stick side at the 12:15 mark. Mikkel Boedker and Kearns picked up the assists.
The Rampage gained control of the lead when Picard scored his 12th goal of the season as he redirected MacLean’s shot from below the left face off circle into the back of the net. Nick Ross was credited with the second helper for his first point of the season.
San Antonio extended their lead to 4-2 after center Andrew Ebbett backhanded a shot from the slot past Mayer low stick side 1:02 into the third period. MacLean and Summers supplied the assists.
Hamilton cut the deficit to 4-3 at the 4:26 mark of the final frame when Center Dustin Boyd fired a shot from the left side of the crease that escaped over Fallon’s right shoulder and into the back of the net.
The Rampage pushed their lead to 5-3 as Picard picked up the rebound goal from off right wing Petr Prucha’s shot. Stone was credited with the helper on the Rampage’s 34th power-play goal of the season.
The Bulldogs responded with a goal at the 15:11 mark to cut the Rampage lead to 5-4. Dumont provided his third assist of the evening on center Andreas Enqvist’s shot from below the right faceoff dot that went top shelf over Fallon’s right shoulder.
Hamilton head coach Randy Cunneyworth pulled Gerber with 1:27 remaining in the game, but the Rampage were able to hold off the Bulldogs to solidify their victory at 5-4.
San Antonio outshot Hamilton 38-23 as Fallon made 19 saves on 23 Hamilton shot attempts and Mayer turned aside 33 of 38 Rampage shots on net.
The Rampage return to the ice on Monday, Dec. 27 to host the Houston Aeros at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center. The game will be broadcasted on FSN Southwest.