AT&T Center – The San Antonio Rampage were seconds away from dropping yet another home game. But a quick goal and solid goaltender earned the Silver and Black two huge points against a division foe.
Troy Bourke’s goal in the seventh round of the shootout earned the Rampage a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks in front of 6,341 fans at the AT&T Center on Saturday night for the annual Teddy Bear Toss game.
“We kept playing our style and were confident we could come back,” Rampage coach Eric Veilleux said. “[Joe] Whitney came back with a big goal for us with not too much time to go. We can’t always rely on all the shots and power play. Tonight we did, they spent too much time in our zone.”
San Jose got the scoring started just over eight minutes in when John McCarthy beat Spencer Martin to give the visitors the 1-0 lead. San Antonio would respond with two goals to take the lead. First, Julien Nantel sent the teddy bears flying with a goal just over two minutes later, tying the game up 1-1. Gabriel Bourque’s tally at 18:15 gave the Silver and Black a one goal lead going into the second period.
Despite the Barracuda outshooting San Antonio 17-5 in the middle frame, neither team would find the back of the net, giving the Rampage their 2-1 lead going to the final period of regulation.
A pair of goals from Timeo Merier gave San Jose a 3-2 lead late in the third, but Joe Whitney would send the game to overtime with his fourth goal of the season.
Neither team scored in overtime, sending San Antonio to their first shootout of the season. The Rampage got goals from Whitney and Bourke as Martin stopped 6 of 7 shots in the skills competition, giving San Antonio the win.
“In the third period we talked about getting pucks to the net,” Whitney said. “In the shootout its all about having confidence and finding your shot.”
San Jose outshot the Rampage 44-25 for the game and were 1-for-4 on the power play. San Antonio failed to convert on their only power play of the night.
Up next: The Rampage are now 9-10-1-0 (19 points) on the season and will return to the ice for their final game against San Jose this weekend tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. at the AT&T Center.