AT&T Center – Chicago Wolves fans will remember ring winger Mark Mancari for scoring game-winning goals, giving the Wolves multiple wins in the process. After a trade sent him to the Alamo City and with his former team in town, he had knew he had something to prove. The result was sending his former team home with a loss.
Mancari netted the game-winning goal as the San Antonio Rampage defeated the Chicago Wolves (13-9-3-0, 29 points) 2-1 in front of 4,834 fans inside the AT&T Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Rampage got the scoring started early when Shane O’Brien put home a rebound off a Quinton Howden shot past Chicago goaltender and former Rampage netminder Matt Climie to put San Antonio up 1-0 2:37 into the opening period. Howden and Steven Kampfer assisted on O’Brien’s fifth of the season.
Chicago was awarded a power play after a San Antonio penalty and they took advantage of it. Shane Harper had an open shooting lane near the faceoff circle and buried the puck past San Antonio netminder Dan Ellis at the 12:29 mark to tie the game 1-1 going into the second period.
In the second period, Mancari put the Silver and Black ahead for good in the second period and showed his former team what they are missing out on. He picked up the puck behind the net and got it past Climie on a wraparound attempt five minutes into the middle frame to put the Rampage up 2-1.
The Wolves would get several scoring chances in the third period, but Ellis would come up big as San Antonio held on for the 2-1 victory.
“It feels really good,” Mancari said about beating his former team. “Obviously, to score goals to help your team, it feels great. But I came over in a trade from that team, and it feels nice to put the icing on the cake there.”
San Antonio came out on top despite being outshot 32-25 for the game, including 10-3 in the second period.
“We’re looking for a level of consistency, we’re looking to elevate the ceiling,” Rampage assistant coach Scott Allen said. “We want to keep that as our constant, once in awhile we’ll have dips in games. We’re a little more happy, we thought we were better than we were Friday night, but we’re going to have to be better on Tuesday.”
Climie made 23 of 25 Rampage shots he faced, while Ellis stopped 31 of 32 Chicago shots. The Wolves 1-for-6 on the power play, while San Antonio was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
The Rampage are now 14-6-2-0 (30 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Tuesday night for a rematch with the Wolves at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center.