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Zack Kassian, Jordan Schroeder score big goals in Wolves’ win

Updated: November 29, 2012 6:58AM

Wolves coach Scott Arniel can save his pregame motivational speeches in case the NHL lockout ends.

Until then, would-be NHLer Zack Kassian has provided the Wolves with the spark they need.

On Saturday, the Wolves rode the momentum of a first-period goal by Kassian through a terrible third period to take a 6-5 victory against the San Antonio Rampage at Allstate Arena.

Kassian’s goal, which came at 38 seconds in the first period, marked the fourth time in the last five games he scored the first goal.

For a team that has given up 16 third-period goals, and gave up three goals in the third period Saturday, Kassian’s play has been crucial.

“It’s huge, obviously we ran into a lot of penalty trouble but we found a way to win,” Kassian said. “It’s good sign.”

After the Rampage tied the game at 5, scoring all three of their goals on the power play, Jordan Schroeder came through with the game-winner at 17:12 in the third period.

The Wolves (5-2-0-0) jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Michael Davies goal from the right-hand corner of the rink in at 6:45 in the first period.

The Rampage followed up with goals from Jared Gomes (17:55 first period) and Andre Deveaux (1:55 second period).

The teams then played scoreless hockey until an explosion by the Wolves in the last five minutes of the second period.

Kevin Connauton scored on a wrister from the blue line at 15:56, Bill Sweatt scored at 17:51 and Andrew Gordon at 19:53.

That preceded the three consecutive goals by San Antonio in the third period, which all came on the power play.

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