SAN ANTONIO - The Toronto Marlies hit the road and seized control in their best-of-seven American Hockey League opening-round series with San Antonio.
Scott Clemmensen turned aside 26 shots and the Marlies scored twice in a 5:15 span of the second period to beat the Rampage 2-1 in Game 5 of their North Division semifinal.
The Marlies now have a 3-2 lead in the series, and will host Game 6 on Sunday afternoon. Game 7, if necessary, will be played Monday night in Toronto.
Toronto escaped with a pair of wins in its three-game jaunt through Texas, thanks in no small part to some sensational goaltending from Clemmensen. The veteran netminder allowed just three goals on 64 shots in the Marlies' past two games, both victories.
After Jon DiSalvatore opened the scoring for the Rampage late in the first period, Andy Wozniewski drew the Marlies even with his first goal of the playoffs 3:35 into the second. John Mitchell added his third of the post-season at 8:50 to give Toronto the lead for good.
Josh Tjordman stopped 22 shots in defeat for San Antonio.