Robak leads Rampage to 5-4 OT victory over Marlies

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San Antonio Rampage defenseman Colby Robak scored a power-play goal 1:34 into overtime to cap a frantic 25 minutes of play and give the Rampage a 5-4 win over the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum on Friday night.

The Marlies got on the board first with an unassisted goal from defenseman Jesse Blacker 5:13 into the opening frame. He skated into the San Antonio zone and wristed a shot over the glove of Rampage backstop Dov Grumet-Morris to give Toronto a 1-0 lead. The goal was Blacker’s first career AHL marker.

Right wing Bill Thomas tied the game at 1-1 for the Rampage 1:48 into the second. He took a pass from center Mark Cullen and backhanded a shot on net that beat Toronto goaltender Ben Scrivens along the ice for the score. Center Bracken Kearns tallied the secondary assist on Thomas’ 14th goal of the season.

Toronto regained the lead, 2-1, nearly eight minutes later. Center Nazem Kadri won a faceoff back to right wing Matt Frattin and Frattin ripped a shot on goal that eluded Grumet-Morris to notch his 10th marker of the year.

San Antonio left wing Evan Barlow knotted the score at 2-2 nearly five minutes into the third. Barlow took a shot from the high slot that found its way past Scrivens to post his eighth goal of the 2011-12 campaign. Center Jon Matsumoto picked up the assist on the Barlow score.

The Rampage took their first lead of the game at the 7:54 mark of the third. Thomas received a pass from Cullen and fired a shot over Scrivens’ left shoulder to register his second marker of the game and put San Antonio ahead 3-2. Scrivens was replaced by goaltender Mark Owuya following the play.

However, San Antonio’s lead was short lived. Toronto defenseman Juraj Mikus received a feed in the low slot from left wing Ryan Hamilton and buried his first goal of the season 8:48 into the final frame. Center Joe Colborne notched the secondary assist on the Mikus tally.

Toronto continued a back-and-forth third with a goal just past the midway point of the period. Left wing Nicolas Deschamps found a cutting Philippe Dupuis in the slot and Dupuis took a slap shot that found the back of the net to give Toronto a 4-3 advantage.

Rampage defenseman Keith Seabrook made the count 4-4 at 17:44 of the third. He ripped a shot over the left shoulder of Owuya for his second marker of 2011-12. Center James Wright potted the only assist on the play.

Robak’s overtime winner came off of a slap shot from the left circle that beat Owuya to the left side of the net. Kearns and Matsumoto were credited with the helpers on Robak’s seventh goal of the season and the lone power-play goal of the night.

Grumet-Morris denied the Marlies on 21 of 25 shots to post his 15th win of the year. Owuya stopped five of seven Rampage shots he faced in relief in the Marlies loss. Scrivens turned aside 25 of 28 San Antonio attempts before being replaced by Owuya.

San Antonio (26-20-2-0) continues their Rodeo road trip with a 6:35 p.m. (CST) contest against the Rochester Americans tomorrow at Blue Cross Arena.

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