After a rough start to his National Hockey League season, Jacob Markstrom is making the best of his stint in the American Hockey League as he stopped 43 of 46 shots last night for his 3rd win in 4 games for the San Antonio Rampage.
Markstrom was expected to start the season battling veteran Tim Thomas for the starting role on the Florida Panthers lineup, but after struggling in 11 games so far this season going 1-5-3 with a .875 save percentage and a 3.36 Goals against average Markstrom found himself back in the AHL.
Markstrom, who has good career numbers in his past two season with the Rampage took full advantage of the starting role in San Antonio, in a more relaxed environment to show just what kind of game he really has.
In four games with the Rampage, Markstrom has put up a 3-1 record, but, he has also managed an amazing .937 save percentage and a 2.22 GAA.
After allowing a goal early in the first period and another in the second, Markstrom was solid for the Rampage turning aside 28 of 30 shots through two periods. Erik Selleck tallied one late in the second as the Rampage trailed 2-1 after forty minutes.
In the third, Markstrom got help as the Rampage rallied for two unanswered goals from Garrett Wilson, and Dylan Olsen – his 1st as a Rampage. However, Brendan Ranford sent the game to overtime with a tying goal with under 5-minutes to go.
In the shootout, Markstrom turned aside six of seven shooters, and Drew Shore and Jed Ortmeyer beat Texas Stars goaltender Allen York for the 3-2 shootout victory. York stopped 31 shots in a losing effort for the Stars.
With the win, the Rampage are now tied for 7th in the Western Conference with 19 points. The Rampage have tonight off, and will host the North Division leading Toronto Marlies on Sunday.