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Déjà vu gets two; Roadrunners top Rampage 2-1 in overtime

By: Alex Kinkopf
 
 
Déjà vu.
 
The Roadrunners outshot the San Antonio Rampage by a healthy margin in earning a 2-1 overtime victory Saturday night at the AT&T Center. Put them down for two points - another two secured from the right circle.
 
 
The evening’s only goals in regulation time came during the first period, a period in which the Roadrunners maintained a strong presence in San Antonio’s zone, hounding their opponent 13-3 in shots through the first 20 minutes.
 
The Rampage would find the net first, though, and it would ultimately be their only goal of the game, when a whacky redirection off of San Antonio’s Samuel Blais found its way past Adin Hill just over 12 minutes into the game.
 
With 3:43 left to play in the opening frame, Mike Sislo walked into a Michael Bunting pass and fired a slap shot at San Antonio’s Spencer Martin. Sislo’s shot trickled through Martin’s pads, and Laurent Dauphin was on the scene to shovel the loose puck into the net to tie the game 1-1.
 
 
For Dauphin, it was his second goal since being reacquired by the organization.
 
With the primary assist on Dauphin’s goal, Mike Sislo extended his team-leading points streak to seven games. He’s registered a point in each of the club’s last nine games played on the road.
 
Michael Bunting extended his points streak to five games with the secondary assist.
 
Dylan Strome, who was held off the score sheet for the third consecutive game, came inches away from giving the Roadrunners a lead in the second, striking a shot off the post during a power play.
 
Neither team found the net throughout the remainder of regulation; the Roadrunners entered their eighth overtime of the season.
 
39 seconds into the extra frame, Lawson Crouse, after crossing with Kyle Capobianco for the puck, wired a wrist shot from the top of the right circle high past Spencer Martin’s glove to secure a 2-1 victory.
 
 
The Roadrunners are now 4-2 in overtime this season.
 
Adin Hill stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced in earning his ninth win of the season.
 
The Roadrunners outshot the Rampage by a total count of 87-38 during the weekend.
 
The team’s .765 win percentage (12-3-1-1) on the road is now the best in the Western Conference and second in the AHL. With an overall record of 22-12-2-1, addressed as a .635 win percentage, they continue to situate themselves at first place in the Pacific Division.
 
The team returns to begin a two-game home stand Friday night when they host the Chicago Wolves at Tucson Arena, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 7:05 PM. 
 
 
Photos courtesy: Darren Abate - San Antonio Rampage