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The San Antonio Rampage received scoring contributions from five different players but lost to the Abbotsford Heat, 6-5, on Sunday afternoon at the Abbotsford Sports & Entertainment Centre.
The Rampage posted the game’s first goal 8:25 into the first period when forward Greg Rallo deflected a Sean Sullivan shot past Abbotsford netminder Danny Taylor to hand San Antonio a 1-0 advantage. The secondary assist on Rallo’s 19th goal of the season went to defenseman Nolan Yonkman.
Center James Wright extended the Rampage edge to 2-0 just over two minutes later. He corralled a loose puck at the side of the net before spinning and firing a wrister over Taylor’s right shoulder for his 12th marker of the year. The assists on the play went to defenseman Colby Robak and right wing Michal Repik.
San Antonio went ahead 3-0 with a shorthanded goal from center Wacey Rabbit at the 16:05 mark of the first. He notched his second goal of 2011-12 on a wrist shot from the right circle that beat Taylor glove side. Center Scott Timmins and defenseman Tyson Strachan were credited with the assists on the Rabbit score. Leland Irving replaced Taylor in net following the play.
Abbotsford cut their deficit to 3-1 with a five-on-three power-play goal 18:01 into the opening frame. Center Krys Kolanos fired a one-timer past Rampage backstop Dov Grumet-Morris for his 20th tally of the campaign. Defenseman Brian Connelly and center Ben Walter registered the helpers on the first Heat goal of the contest.
Abbotsford left wing Dustin Sylvester made the count 3-2 in favor of San Antonio at the 15:33 mark of the second. His 13th goal of the season came on a snap shot from the right circle that eluded Grumet-Morris. Kolanos and center Paul Byron recorded the assists on the Sylvester marker.
The Rampage restored their lead to two goals, at 4-2, nearly two minutes later with a power-play tally from center Bracken Kearns. He took a centering feed from forward Jon Matsumoto and beat Irving with a shot into the left side of the net. Center Mark Cullen registered the secondary assist on Kearns’ 18th score of 2011-12.
Kolanos potted his second goal of the game and 21st marker of the season with 1:06 remaining in the middle stanza. He received a pass from Byron and fired a wrist shot by Grumet-Morris’ blocker to move Abbotsford to within one goal of San Antonio, at 4-3. Defenseman Joe Piskula tallied the secondary assist on the play.
Walter knotted the score at 4-4 with a wrister from the left circle 1:28 into the third period. Left wing Adam Estoclet and right wing Hugh Jessisman recorded the assists on Walter’s 15th goal of the season.
The Heat took a 5-4 lead with a power-play marker at the 14:41 mark of the third. Walter was credited with his second tally of the game and 16th score of the season after a goalmouth scramble that resulted with the puck ending up in the San Antonio net. Kolanos and Jessiman were given the assists on the fifth Abbotsford score of the day.
Kolanos scored his 22nd marker of the year at 15:42 of the final period to put the Heat up 6-4. He took a pass from Sylvester and shot over a sprawling Grumet-Morris for the hat trick. The secondary assist on Kolanos’ third tally of the day went to defenseman J.P. Testwuide. The goal capped a five-point day for Kolanos in which he potted three goals and two assists.
Sullivan converted on a set up from left wing Evan Barlow to cut the San Antonio deficit to 6-5. His sixth goal of the year was scored with 3:03 remaining in the game.
Irving made 12 saves on 14 Rampage attempts for his 20th win of the season while Taylor stopped three of six San Antonio shots before exiting. Grumet-Morris turned aside 25 of the 31 Heat shots he faced in the Rampage loss.
The Rampage (35-27-3-2) return to action on Wednesday at the AT&T Center when they host the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7 p.m. (CST).