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Rampage begin 2016 with home loss to Gulls

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AT&T Center – After the fireworks were popped and the champagne was drank, it was time to usher in a new year. Unfortunately for the San Antonio Rampage, they began the new year the way they ended the previous one: with a home loss.


The Rampage opened 2016 with a 3-1 loss to the San Diego Gulls in front of 6,286 fans at the AT&T Center on Friday night.

After a scoreless first period, San Diego got on the scoreboard in the second. Mike Sgarbossa sent in a shot from the slot that found its way through goaltender Spencer Martin’s legs to put the visitors up by a goal at the 1:03 mark. The Gulls quickly extended their lead two minutes later when Nick Ritchie scored his 12th goal of the season to give San Diego the 2-0 lead going into the third period.

Reid Petryk got the Rampage on the board when he put home a shot past San Diego net minder Anton Khudobin at 10:22 of the third period on the power play. San Antonio pulled Martin in the final moments for an extra attacker, but the move backfired as Chris Mueller’s empty net goal sealed the 3-1 win for San Diego.

“Its frustrating not getting points at home,” Rampage head coach Dean Chynoweth said. “The effort has been there and I can’t deny that it hasn’t. With our energy levels and our compete the last six games, today we get it to a one goal game. Unfortunately, we took too many penalties.”

San Antonio was outshot 35-25 for the game, including 15-9 in the first period. The Silver and Black took five penalties in the game, which proved to be their doom.

“We had scoring chances too (on the power play),” Petryk said. “I think if we score a couple of those, its a different game.”

Martin stopped 32 of 34 shots he faced in the loss, while Khudobin made 24 saves on 25 San Antonio shots for the win. San Diego finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Rampage were 1-for-3.

The Rampage are now 14-12-7-0 (35 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Sunday afternoon when they face the Gulls for a rematch at 4 p.m. at the AT&T Center.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.

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