AHL: Rampage win back-to-back games in Abbotsford
Jacob Markstrom allowed only two goals in the Tuesday-Wednesday series against the Western Conference-leading Abbotsford Heat.
San Antonio opened Tuesday's game with Casey Wellman's first goal since November 13th. Abbotsford answered on the powerplay three minutes later, but Greg Rallo would score his fourth goal in four games to take the lead back. After the first, San Antonio would only record six shots on net for the rest of the game. Abbotsford tied the game in the second, and the third period was scoreless. In overtime, Jason DeSantis scored his first goal of the season 35 seconds into the extra period. Abbotsford out-shot the silver and black, 34-17.
On Wednesday Markstrom upped his performance, stopping 36 shots while earned his first shutout of the season. Scott Timmins scored his third goal of the season in the first, with Justin Vaive scoring his first AHL goal, also in the first. Quinton Howden would score his fifth and sixth goals, the latter being an empty net (first of the season for the Rampage) to stun the top seeded Abbotsford Heat, 4-0.
- Jacob Markstrom: Made 68 saves, earned his first shutout of the season, and stole four points for the Rampage. His season numbers are now 2.69 GAA with a .914 Save percentage.
- Scott Timmins: Already one of the AHL's best penalty killers, Timmins is one of the reasons the PK allowed only one goal in eight opportunities against the AHL's second best home powerplay unit.
- Quinton Howden: Has four points in his last five games (3G/1A) and is using his best asset, his skating, extremely well. Expect his time in the AHL to be short when the NHL lockout ends.
- Penalties: On Tuesday, five penalties were called on San Antonio, four in the first two periods. Luckily the AHL's second best away penalty kill was able to beat the AHL's second best home powerplay, thanks in large part to Jacob Markstrom./
Next game is Saturday against the Oklahoma City Barons at 8:00 pm EST. San Antonio is currently 13th in the Western Conference with 19 points (8-11-3), 5th in the South Division.
Brian Foster made his return to the Cincinnati Cyclones' net, allowing only 2 goals in a 3-2 shootout victory. Foster allowed only one goal on four chances in the shootout. John McFarland was credited with an assist on a goal in the second period. No other Panthers prospect scored. With the win, the Cyclones are in first place, and hold the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Next game is Friday against the Kalamazoo Wings at 8:30 pm EST.