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The San Antonio Rampage posted a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Wolves at the AT&T Center on Friday night in front of a record-setting crowd of 14,339 fans. The Rampage improve to 29-18-2-0 as they reclaim the top seed of the Western Conference standings with 60 points.
San Antonio hosted their first-ever “Pink in the Rink Night” to support breast cancer awareness as they skated on pink ice and wore pink-themed jerseys that were auctioned off after the game and raised $35,600. The Rampage shattered their previous attendance record of 10,265 set on Feb. 28, 2009.
Rampage forwards Mikkel Boedker and Brett MacLean each registered a three-point night after Boedker scored two goals and one assist and MacLean tallied one goal and two assists. MacLean’s two assists give him 78 career Rampage assists which ties him for the franchise record with former player David Spina.
Center Andrew Ebbett picked up two assists on the evening to extend his point streak to five games while defenseman Garrett Stafford collected one goal and one assist for his ninth multiple point night.
The Wolves were the first on the scoreboard as center Nigel Dawes scored a power-play goal 8:40 after the initial puck drop. Paul Postma passed the puck cross-ice to Spencer Machacek at the left faceoff circle who in turn sent a centering feed to Dawes where he flipped the puck over the left leg padding of Rampage goaltender Matt Climie for a 1-0 lead.
The Rampage evened the score at 1-1 as they converted a five-on-three power play when Stafford buried a bullet from the high slot over the blocker of Wolves netminder Peter Mannino 12:08 into the second period. Boedker and Ebbett supplied the assists.
San Antonio took a 2-1 advantage after Ebbett’s pass from behind the net found Boedker at the right goal post where he was able to tap the puck into the lower right corner of the net behind Mannino at the 16:50 mark of the second period. MacLean added the second helper.
The Rampage extended their lead to 3-1 as MacLean and Stafford assisted on Boedker’s second goal of the night. Boedker received the puck in the slot from the right faceoff circle and snapped a shot that flew over Mannino’s right shoulder 3:58 into the third period.
With 59 seconds remaining in the contest, Chicago Head coach Don Lever pulled Mannino in favor of a sixth attacker. However, the Rampage seized the opportunity as MacLean scored on the empty net to finalize the San Antonio victory at 4-1. David Brine assisted on the play to earn his 100th AHL point.
Climie finished the night with 37 saves on 38 Wolves shot attempts while Mannino stopped 18 of 21 Rampage shots on net.
Right wings MacLean and Mathieu Beaudoin will represent the San Antonio Rampage on the Western Conference Team of the 2011 All-Star Game on Monday, January 31. The game will be broadcasted on Fox Sports Southwest at 6 p.m. (CDT).
The Rampage will return to the ice next Friday as they kick off their annual rodeo road trip with back-to-back contests against the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 5 at 12 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. The trip will consist of nine games in 22 days and will span over 10,710 miles.