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The San Antonio Rampage received goals from four different players but were outscored by the Grand Rapids Griffins in a 7-4 contest at Van Andel Arena on Sunday evening.
The Griffins scored the game’s first goal 35 seconds into the contest. Left wing Chris Minard deflected a Jamie Johnson shot past Rampage backstop Dov Grumet-Morris to give Grand Rapids a 1-0 advantage. Defenseman Brendan Smith recorded the secondary assist on Minard’s seventh marker of the season.
Right wing Trevor Parkes made the count 2-0 in favor of the Griffins at the 2:14 mark of the first. He took a pass from center Louis-Marc Aubry and fired a wrister over the left shoulder of Grumet-Morris for his second goal of the year. Defenseman Sebastien Piche registered the alternate assist on the play. Grumet-Morris was replaced by goaltender Brian Foster following the second Grand Rapids score.
The Griffins put home their third goal of the contest 43 seconds later. Left wing Tomas Tatar received a pass from defenseman Doug Janik and sent a shot toward the net that beat Foster to give Grand Rapids a 3-0 edge 2:57 into the game. Grumet-Morris resumed his duties in net after Tatar notched his 13th tally of 2011-12.
San Antonio answered with a goal of their own 13:53 into the first period. A dump-in from defenseman Keith Seabrook at center ice found its way past Grand Rapids netminder Jordan Pearce to cut the Griffins advantage to 3-1. Defenseman Roman Derlyuk potted the only assist on Seabrook’s third marker of the season.
Left wing Gustav Nyquist gave the Griffins a 4-1 edge at the 8:00 mark of the second. He converted on a one-timer in the slot from right wing Willie Coetzee for his 15th marker of the year.
Rampage defenseman Michael Caruso brought San Antonio to within two goals, at 4-2, a minute and a half later with a shot from the point that beat Pearce grazing off of the goaltender’s glove. Left wing Ondrej Roman registered his first assist in a Rampage uniform with the lone helper on Caruso’s third score of the campaign.
Grand Rapids restored their three-goal advantage on a quick passing play between Parkes and right wing Mitch Callahan. Parkes sent a pass to Callahan down low and Callahan shot the puck into an open right side of the goal to pot his fifth tally of 2011-12 and put Grand Rapids ahead 5-2 at 15:31 of the middle frame. Aubry recorded his second assist of the night with the alternate helper.
San Antonio once again cut their deficit to two goals 19:31 into the second when right wing Michal Repik took a pass from center Mark Cullen near the left circle and fired a shot past Pearce to make the count 5-3. Forward Jon Matsumoto extended his assist streak to five games by notching his 30th assist on Repik’s eighth goal of the season.
San Antonio center Bracken Kearns sliced the Grand Rapids lead to 5-4 at the 9:09 mark of the third period. He recorded his 14th goal of the season on a shot from the bottom of the left circle that eluded Pearce. The assists on the play went to Seabrook and forward Greg Rallo.
The Griffins stretched their lead back to two goals, at 6-4, when Minard scored his second goal of the contest just over two minutes later. He cut to the crease and received a pass from Johnson before tapping the puck behind Grumet-Morris and into the net to register his eighth marker of the campaign.
Minard capped the scoring by notching his third tally of the evening on an empty-net goal to give him a hat trick at 18:30 of the final frame and put Grand Rapids up 7-4. Johnson totaled his third helper of the night with the primary assist and Tatar picked up his second point of the game with the secondary assist.
Pearce made 23 stops on 27 Rampage shots for his third win of the season. Grumet-Morris denied the Griffins on 25 of 30 attempts while Foster allowed a goal on the only shot he faced during the contest.
The Rampage (27-21-2-0) resume their Rodeo Road Trip with a visit to Austin next Friday to play a 7:30 p.m. (CST) contest against the Texas Stars at Cedar Park Center.