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San Antonio Rampage netminder Dov Grumet-Morris set a franchise record with his seventh straight victory in the Rampage’s 5-2 win over the Houston Aeros on Saturday night at the AT&T Center. The triumph was also the team’s seventh win in a row, matching another franchise record.
Forward Greg Rallo put the Rampage ahead 1-0 with a power-play marker 17:16 into the first period. He found the rebound of a Michal Repik shot from the point and deposited the puck behind Houston backstop Darcy Kuemper for his 11th goal of the season. Defenseman Tyson Strachan notched his eighth assist of the year with the secondary helper on the play.
San Antonio extended their lead to 2-0 at the 8:52 mark of the second stanza when center James Wright converted on a two-on-one rush with forward Scott Timmins for his seventh goal of the season. Rallo tacked on his second point of the night with the alternate assist on Wright’s tally.
The Aeros potted their first goal of the game with just over a minute remaining in the middle frame to make the count 2-1. Right wing Jon DiSalvatore corralled a loose puck off of Rampage backstop Dov Grumet-Morris and swept the puck into the net for the score. Defenseman Kris Fredheim and center David McIntyre registered the assists on DiSalvatore’s 14th goal of the campaign.
McIntyre knotted the game at 2-2 for the Aeros when he deflected a point shot from Jed Ortmeyer past Grumet-Morris for a power-play goal nearly four minutes into the third. The secondary assist on the play went to defenseman Tyler Cuma.
San Antonio regained the lead at 3-2 just past the midway point of the third on a one-timer through the crease from defenseman Roman Derlyuk to right wing Bill Thomas. Center Mark Cullen also assisted on Thomas’ 12th goal of the season.
Repik scored on a breakaway 17:23 into the final frame to give the Rampage a 4-2 edge. He deked to his backhand before lifting a shot over Kuemper for his fifth score of the year. Center Wacey Rabbit and defenseman Nolan Yonkman were credited with the helpers on the Repik goal.
Center Bracken Kearns added an empty-net marker 27 seconds later to extend his point streak to seven games. Strachan and Thomas assisted on Kearns’ 13th goal of 2011-12.
Grumet-Morris made 36 stops on 38 Aeros shots for his 13th win of the season while Kuemper turned aside 24 of 28 Rampage attempts in the Houston loss.
The Rampage team record of seven consecutive victories was first achieved during the 2008-09 season and was matched two years later during the 2010-11 campaign.
The record for longest winning streak by a goalie was previously held by Rampage goaltender Josh Tordjman, who accomplished the feat during the 2008-09 season. In addition, Yonkman skated in his 500th AHL game while Kearns tallied his 200th AHL point.
The Rampage (24-18-2-0) hit the ice again on Thursday when they travel to Oklahoma City to play the Barons at 7 p.m. (CST) at the Cox Convention Center.