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Rampage light up Heat on power play, win 5-1

San Antonio Rampage center Vincent Trocheck, right, takes down Abbotsford Heat defenseman Dean Arsene during the second period of Tuesday
San Antonio Rampage center Vincent Trocheck, right, takes down Abbotsford Heat defenseman Dean Arsene during the second period of Tuesday's game.
— image credit: Darren Abate / San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage's power play ran roughshod over the Abbotsford Heat on Tuesday evening.

The Heat, in the first outing of a six-game road trip, surrendered four goals on six Rampage man-advantage opportunities en route to a 5-1 defeat.

Mark Cundari had gotten Abbotsford off to a great start, opening the scoring at 1:35 of the first period with assists going to Max Reinhart and Sven Baertschi.

But San Antonio forward John McFarland equalized on the power play at 13:47 of the frame, and Joey Crabb, Colby Robak and Matt Gilroy would go on to register man-advantage markers of their own. Bobby Butler notched the Rampage's lone even-strength goal of the night.

Abby goalie Joni Ortio surrendered four goals on 23 shots, and was replaced by Joey MacDonald early in the third period.

The Heat (23-12-2, 48 points) have lost three games in a row, and Tuesday's capitulation on the penalty kill saw them sink to 28th out of 30 teams in the AHL in that department. Their current PK success rate is 77.2 per cent.

The road swing continues this weekend as the Heat face the Texas Stars on Friday and the Rampage again on Saturday.

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