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Friday, February 10, 2006

Goehring, Rampage Put Pack To Sleep, 2-1

I remember the day I saw you hobbling, a weeble wobbling, you had a problem
San Antonio's Karl Goehring vs. Milwaukee (Darren Abate photo)

Lead by pint-sized goalie Karl Goehring's 49 saves, the San Antonio Rampage downed the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday night, 2-1 after an overtime shoot-out. San Antonio came into the game with the worst record in the league (14-29-1-4), having scored an abysmal 90 goals in 48 games-- about half of Hartford's total of 177. The loss ended a 3-game win streak for the Pack.

Despite the huge number of shots on goal, the Wolf Pack put in a scattered effort on offense. Goehring played rock-solid in net and had the right angle the entire night, as most of the pucks that the Wolf Pack threw at him were right at his mid-section, or through no traffic at all and easily turned away.

Fedor Fedorov played a terrible game, yet again embarking on several puck-hogging coast-to-coast trips when a simple pass or two would've been much more effective. With the score tied at 1-1 with 4:01 left in the third period, Fedorov took a 5-minute spearing major and a game misconduct, forcing the Wolf Pack to play shorthanded for the rest of regulation and into the overtime period. Pavel Brendl fumbled away a chance for the Rampage to win in regulation while the Wolf Pack were killing off Fedorov's major, when goalie Al Montoya made a save and hunkered down to the ice, thinking the puck was beneath his pads. Instead, the puck had popped up into the air behind Montoya, where Brendl was able to catch it and place it onto the ice with an open net in front of him. Almost unbelievably, Brendl wiffed the easy shot.

Montoya was picked apart in the shoot-out, as all three Rampage shootout goals came on the same move: the Rampage player faking Montoya down into a low position after Montoya had already come out of the crease to cut down the angle, then simply stepping to Montoya's left and tucking the puck behind him and into the net.

Nigel Dawes, the Wolf Pack's second-leading scorer, didn't play due to an illness. Layne Ulmer, formerly with the Wolf Pack ('01 to '05), had an assist in the game for San Antonio and stands as the Rampage's leading scorer with 29 points on the season (12g, 17a).