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Former Rampage forward Krys Kolanos scored twice to give the Heat their seventh consecutive road win and put Abbotsford on top of the Western Conference standings. Kolanos got things going late in the first frame scoring off a faceoff with just two seconds remaining in the period. Right wing Greg Nemisz won the draw back to Kolanos, who quickly wristed a shot into the top left corner of the net past Rampage goaltender Jacob Markstrom to give Abbotsford a 1-0 lead.
Quintin Laing made it 2-0 for the Heat at 9:46 of the second period with a power-play goal. His first goal of the season came off a one-timer shot by Nemisz at the top of the left circle that was tipped by Laing in front and beat Markstrom low underneath his left leg pad for the score.
The Heat advantage was extended to three with another goal from Kolanos, who scored a power-play tally at the 11:44 mark of the middle stanza for his ninth score of the year. His second goal of the game was the product of an individual effort in which he carried the puck in from the left point to the left circle before snapping a wrist shot over Markstrom’s left shoulder to give Abbotsford a 3-0 edge. Forwards Guilllaume Desbiens and Ben Walter picked up the assists on the goal.
Center Gaelan Patterson capped the scoring with less than six minutes remaining in the third. Markstrom made the stop on an initial shot from Kolanos but the puck fell behind the Rampage goalie and Patterson swept the puck into the net for his first goal of the year and handed Abbotsford a 4-0 lead. Defenseman Clay Wilson notched an assist on the play for his seventh helper of the season.
Heat goaltender Leland Irving stopped all 34 Rampage shots he faced for his second shutout of the season while Markstrom made 25 saves on 29 Abbotsford shots for San Antonio in the loss.
The Rampage (5-9-0-0) begin a seven-game road trip on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. (CST) in Grand Rapids with a matchup against the Griffins at Van Andel Arena.
The San Antonio Rampage lost 4-0 to the Abbotsford Heat on Tuesday morning at the AT&T Center during their second annual Cool School Kids Day game in front of 10,534 fans to mark their second-best attendance record in franchise history.