SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Rampage allowed two consecutive goals in the game’s final minutes as they suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to the Manitoba Moose (38-17-4-4) in front of 6,909 fans at the AT&T Center on Friday night.
The teams traded goals in the opening 20 minutes. First, Mason Geertsen opened the scoring for San Antonio when he sent a wrist shot past Manitoba netminder Jamie Phillip at 2:57. The Moose responded with Patrice Cormier’s 21st goal of the season, knotting the score at one goal apiece going into the second period.
The game would remain locked in a 1-1 tie for the next 35 minutes. Andrew Agozzino would break the tie just over seven minutes into the third period by banging home a rebound. San Antonio’s Achilles heel of giving up late regulation goals continued on Friday as Mason Appleton tied the game with 1:07 left in the third period, forcing overtime.
All it took was 54 seconds into overtime when Nic Petan beat Rampage goaltender Joe Cannata over the right shoulder to secure the second point and win for the Moose.
Here is what went good and bad for the Rampage on Friday:
- With their backs against the wall, the Rampage knew they needed a strong start. San Antonio came out firing and outshot Manitoba 17-9 in the first period and 34-21 for the game.
- The Silver and Black held the league’s best offensive team to just two shots in the middle frame.
- Joe Cannata looked solid in net for most of the night, stopping 18 of 21 shots.
- San Antonio did not take bad penalties, just committing one for the night. That one was the lone power-play goal for the Moose, however.
- The Rampage have now lost eight of their last nine overtime contests and have given up a late goal in two of their past four games.
- San Antonio’s power-play continues to struggle at home, going 0-for-4 on the night. Since returning from the Rodeo Trip, they are 3-for-24.
- In his final game with the Rampage, Vladislav Kamenev was not good.
The Rampage are now 29-25-10-0 on the season and will return to the ice on Sunday afternoon when they welcome the Cleveland Monsters (21-32-5-3) at 3 p.m. at the AT&T Center.