Evgeny Dadonov scored two goals and Scott Clemmensen turned aside 31 shots to pace the San Antonio Rampage to a 6-1 rout of the Toronto Marlies Saturday night in front of 7,545 fans at the AT&T Center.
Dadonov opened the scoring in fine fashion at 3:22 of the first period with the first of his two wrap-around goals on the night. Dadonov grabbed a rebound of Cobay Robak's shot from the point behind the net and deflected it off a skate and into the Toronto net for the early lead. Despite carrying the play and outshooting the Marlies 14-5 the score remained 1-0 for the rest of the period.
Recent Panther call-up Bracken Kearns got his fourth of the season to give the Rampage some breathing room on assists from Michal Repik and Keith Seabrook at the 9:51 mark of the second. Repik then found the back of the net himself completing a pretty give and go with Tim Kennedy to close out the second period scoring. Clemmensen continued his solid play in net stopping twelve more Toronto shots in the frame.
An early third period assault on the Marlies net would turn the game into a laugher as the Rampage dented the twine three times in the first 4:31 of the period and sent Toronto starter Jussi Rynnas to the bench. Rookie Joe Devin got things started, netting his first AHL goal in his first game in the "A". David Marshall, a recent call-up to San Antonio from Rio Grande Valley contributed his first of the season as well to extend the lead to five before Dadonov closed out the barrage using his speed to swoop around the net and easily wrap the puck by Rynnas into the empty cage. The Rampage coasted home the rest of the way taking only two more shots on goal while the Marlies tilted the ice and took aim at the San Antonio goal. Clemmensen stood strong before AHL scoring leader Joe Colborne finally solved him with thirteen seconds remaining to break the goose egg, picking up his tenth goal of the season in the process. Clemmensen ended up making fourteen more saves in third.
A great Saturday night for the Rampage as they got a big win in front of a lively crowd while wearing special Face Off Against Kids Cancer light gold sweaters. Dadonov dazzled as his speed and hands resulted in two pretty goals especially the second one. This is the kind of play Panther fans and brass are hoping to see from Dadonov. A few more games like this and a call-up is inevitable. This was the Dadonov who looked so promising last season before his injury. Scott Clemmensen looked sharp and had to be happy with his start of the season as he saw plenty of rubber and just missed getting a shutout. What was a worry at the beginning of the season now looks like an absolute strength for the Panthers as they now have three goalies they can win with.