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Alexandre Picard scores pair of goals as Rampage defeat Bulldogs 5-4

SAN ANTONIO - Alexandre Picard scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner on a power play, as the San Antonio Rampage beat the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-4 in American Hockey League action Sunday.

Picard's winner came at 14:03 of the third period. Petr Prucha's shot was saved by Robert Mayer, but Picard jammed the rebound past the Hamilton goaltender.

Bracken Kearns, Maxim Goncharov and Andrew Ebbett also scored for San Antonio (22-8-1), which maintained its two-point lead over Peoria atop the West Division standings.

Andrew Conboy scored twice while Dustin Boyd and Andreas Engqvist also added goals for the Bulldogs (18-9-4), who still lead Abbotsford by five points in the North Division. Gabriel Dumont added three assists for Hamilton.

Joe Fallon made 19 saves for the Rampage while Mayer stopped 33 shots for the Bulldogs.

Hamilton opened the scoring at 9:50 of the first period. Dumont skated down the right wing before passing to Conboy, who fired the puck past Fallon.

Conboy made it 2-0 30 seconds into the second period. Dumont skated towards the slot before sending a pass to Conboy, whose wrist shot beat Fallon.

San Antonio replied at 10:00 of the second on a power play when Kearns found the puck in a scrum in front of Mayer and fired into the Hamilton net.

San Antonio tied the game at 12:15. Mikkel Boedker found Goncharov at the right point, and his slapshot beat Mayer.

The Rampage took their first lead at 14:49 of the second. Brett MacLean skated behind the net before sending a pass to Picard, who scored on a tap-in.

San Antonio took a 4-2 lead at 1:02 of the third period. MacLean passed to Ebbett in the slot and he spun around and backhanded a shot along the ice past Mayer.

Boyd made the game 4-3 at 4:26 of the third when Boyd redirected Ben Maxwell's shot past Fallon.

After Picard restored San Antonio's two-goal lead, the Bulldogs made it close when Engqvist scored with just under five minutes left in regulation.

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