The only two games on Thursday’s AHL schedule saw a couple of wild finishes as Grand Rapids and San Antonio each prevailed in a shootout.
At the SBC Center, the 30,000th regular-season game in AHL history featured two goaltenders on conditioning assignments from the National Hockey League.
Cleveland’s Vesa Toskala and San Antonio’s Brian Boucher dueled to a scoreless tie through 65 minutes, with Toskala making 16 saves and Boucher recording 19. Both teams had six opportunities on the power play, but neither could convert.
The Rampage made a goaltending change at the end of overtime, bringing Karl Goehring in at the start of the shootout. In 2004-05, Goehring was the AHL’s top goaltender in shootouts, stopping an amazing 34 of 38 attempts (.895) and winning each of his seven outings.
Thursday was no different, as Goehring allowed a goal to Garrett Stafford on the Barons’ first attempt, then settled in and denied Steve Bernier, Patrick Rissmiller, Mike Iggulden and Josh Hennessy to secure the victory.
Tim Jackman and Pascal Rheaume scored in the shootout for the Rampage, who were credited with a 1-0 victory.
In Omaha on Thursday, Donald MacLean scored twice in the third period and Tomas Kopecky converted in the eighth round of the shootout to give Grand Rapids a 4-3 win over the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights.
MacLean’s two goals came 29 seconds apart midway through the final frame.
Darryl Bootland also scored in regulation and Matt Ellis had two assists for the Griffins. Drew MacIntyre made 18 saves and went 7-for-8 in the shootout.
Warren Peters scored twice for the Knights, who got 29 saves from Brent Krahn.