San Antonio Rampage head coach Tom Rowe was unhappy with his team’s performance on Friday night. Lazy defense and no aggression on the offensive end resulted in a loss to the lowly Toronto Marlies. The very next day, the team heard their coach’s message loud and clear.
Rocco Grimaldi scored on a breakaway to lift the Rampage past the Toronto Marlies (14-16-5-0, 34 points) in front of 5,023 fans inside the Ricoh Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. The victory snapped the Silver and Black’s eight game losing streak in Toronto.
The Rampage would get on the scoreboard just before the opening period came to an end. Logan Shaw put home a power play tally past Toronto goaltender Antoine Bibeau at 18:28 to put San Antonio up 1-0 going into the second period. The middle frame saw the Silver and Black outshoot Toronto 12-6, but neither team would find the back of the net as we went to the third frame with the Rampage still up 1-0.
Toronto got on the scoreboard before fans could even settle into their seats from the intermission. Ryan Rupert sent a rocket past San Antonio netminder Dan Ellis off a Connor Brown shot to even the score 1-1 just 13 seconds into the final period.
Bobby Butler would give San Antonio the lead right back just over five minutes later when he fired the puck past Bibeau for another Rampage power play goal. Brown knotted the score at 2-2 as he tallied a goal of his own on the man advantage, beating Ellis from the corner at 7:36 of the third period.
Former Rampage center Byron Froese scored against his old team, beating Ellis from the blue line and giving Toronto the 3-2 lead with a power play tally just over six minutes remaining in regulation. Garrett Wilson answered back as he put home a backhand shot, beating Bibeau to even the score 3-3 and sent the game to overtime.
In the extra period, Grimaldi would score the game-winning goal on a breakaway as he put the puck through Bibeau’s legs to seal the 4-3 win for San Antonio.
The Silver and Black outshot Toronto 35-23. Ellis made 20 saves on 23 Toronto shots, while Bibeau stopped 31 of 35 shots he faced.
San Antonio finished the game 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Marlies were 2-for-8 with the man advantage.
The Rampage are now 19-11-3-0 (41 points) and will return to the ice on Tuesday at 6 p.m. when they travel to Glen Falls, NY for a game with the Adirondack Flames inside the Glens Falls Civic Center.