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Drew Shore had an assist in San Antonio's 7-6 loss to the Adirondack Flames.
Drew Shore had an assist in San Antonio’s 7-6 loss to the Adirondack Flames.

The San Antonio Rampage used their high-powered offense to their advantage in the final game of their five-game road trip. Unfortunately, it would not be enough against the best offensive team in the American Hockey League.

San Antonio would get goals from six different players in a 7-6 loss to the Adirondack Flames (3-5-1-0, 7 points) in front of an announced crowd of 2,429 fans inside Glen Falls Civic Center on Wednesday night.

The Rampage would light the lamp first when Steven Kampfer put the puck past Adirondack netminder Joni Ortio just over two minutes into the game to give the Silver & Black an early 1-0 lead.


Adirondack tied the game when Ben Hanowski ripped a power play goal past San Antonio goaltender Michael Houser at the 4:15 mark of the opening period. Ryan Culkin and Michael Ferland assisted on Hanowski’s first of the year.

The Flames took a two goal lead three minutes with goals from Michael Ferland and Garnet Hathaway to take a 3-1 lead into the second period.

The second period would be nothing but instant offense from both teams. First, the Rampage got goals from Garrett Wilson and Rocco Grimaldi to tie the game at 3-3. Adirondack went back in front with another goal from Hanowski less than a minute later. San Antonio would even the score once again with a goal from Shane O’Brien and the Rampage took their first lead of the night when Logan Shaw put the puck past Ortio for a 5-4 lead midway through the middle period. The Flames would tie the game at 5-5 heading into the third period as Corban Knight scored a power-play goal before the period ended.

Adirondack would continue the scoring in the third period when Max Reinhart sent a shot from the blue line, beating Houser to put the Flames back up 6-5. San Antonio answered back when Bobby Butler shot the puck off Ortio and into the net to knot the game up at the 4:13 mark.

The Flames went ahead for good when Knight scored his second goal of the night as he sent a shot that caught Houser off guard for the 7-6 lead. The Rampage would pull the goaltender for the extra attacker, but could not get the game-tying goal.

San Antonio finished the game 2-for-2 on the power play, while Adirondack was 2-for-5. The silver and black outshot the Flames 42-37.

Houser stopped 30 of the 37 shots he faced, while Ortio made 36 saves on 42 Rampage shots.

The Rampage are now 5-3-0-0 (10 points) and will return home to welcome the Rockford IceHogs to the AT&T Center on Friday night at 7 p.m.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.

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