AT&T Center – The San Antonio Rampage returned home looking for a win after dropping a 7-6 decision to the Adirondack Flames and get a win on a spooky Halloween night as they welcomed the Rockford IceHogs to the friendly confines for a pair of weekend games.
The Rampage got goals from three different players, but it would not be enough in a 6-3 loss to the IceHogs (6-2-0-1, 13 points) in front of an announced crowd of 4,493 fans inside the AT&T Center on Friday night.
Rockford got on the scoreboard first when Matt Carey beat San Antonio goaltender Dan Ellis on a breakaway after receiving the puck from Stephen Johns 15:29 into the period to give the IceHogs a 1-0 lead.
38 seconds later Blake Parlett tied the game with a tipped Tony Turgeon shot past IceHogs goaltender Michael Leighton as we headed into the second period all knotted at 1-1.
The IceHogs took the lead once again when Joakim Nordstrom faked out Ellis for power play goal to give Rockford the 2-1 advantage at the 4:45 mark of the second period. Later Garet Ross tallied his first goal of the year when he put the puck over Ellis’ shoulder to put Rockford up 3-1.
San Antonio got back to within one with Ryan Martindale’s second goal of the season. The center found the puck in a scramble and tucked in behind the goal line for a power play tally to cut Rockford’s lead to 3-2 at the 12:37 mark of the middle period.
In the third period Rockford made it a two goal game again, when Ross tallied his second goal of the night when he beat Ellis glove side midway through the final stanza as the IceHogs went ahead 4-2.
The Rampage answered back with Connor Brickley’s third goal of the year just five minutes later as he put the puck past Leighton to cut the Rockford lead to a goal with five minutes left in regulation.
Three minutes later Phillip Danault answered to put the IceHogs up by two goals and with a second remaining in regulation Ross completed his hat-trick and sealed the 6-3 Rockford win.
Ellis made 17 saves on the 22 shots he faced, while Leighton stopped 22 of 25 Rampage shots. Both teams would end the night 1-for-4 on the power play.
“I didn’t think we played our best game,” Rampage center Drew Shore said. “You have to bring it every night and we did not do that tonight. Everyone, every individual guy can play better and we need to move past it.”
The Rampage are now 5-4-0-0 (10 points) on the season and will return to the ice tomorrow (Saturday) when they host the IceHogs for a rematch at 7 p.m. inside the AT&T Center.