AT&T Center – After Friday’s shutout loss to the Lake Erie Monsters, San Antonio Rampage right wing Mark Mancari said everyone would see a different team the next night. He stayed true to his word as the Silver and Black beat up on the team that had beat them 24 hours ago in convincing fashion.
Four San Antonio players had multi-point games as the Rampage cruised to a 5-2 win over the Monsters (27-25-5-3, 62 points) in front of 7,862 humans and dogs at the AT&T Center on Saturday night.
Unlike last night, the Rampage lit the lamp early and often in the opening period. With Lake Erie on a power play, Wade Megan broke free for a breakaway goal past Monsters goaltender Calvin Pickard at 10:08 for a short-handed goal. Dany Heatley put the Silver and Black up by two goals when he beat Pickard just over six minutes later and Blake Parlett added to the scoring fest with wraparound goal to give the Rampage a 3-0 lead going into the second period.
San Antonio extended their lead in the middle frame when Garrett Wilson he scored off the faceoff to beat Pickard at 15:06. Lake Erie stopped the bleeding just 44 seconds later when Andrew Agozzino beat Rampage goaltender Michael Houser to cut into the Silver and Black lead as we went into the final period with a score of 4-1.
With just over seven minutes remaining in regulation, Lake Erie pulled Pickard and Heatley buried the empty-net tally at 14:50 of the third period to put San Antonio up 5-1. The Monsters answered back when Michael Schumacher banged home a rebound past Houser to finalize the 5-2 score and Rampage win.
“It was a good response,” Rampage assistant coach Scott Allen said. “We challenged them in the meetings this morning, tonight and changed our video to show them what we wanted. To their credit, they responded.”
The Silver and Black outshot Lake Erie 34-23 for the game, including 10-1 in the first period. Much different than last night when San Antonio was outshot in the second period.
“We were disappointed in ourselves last night,” Rampage team captain Greg Zanon said. “The last couple of games, we just didn’t have it. We were able to squeak one out against Milwaukee and came in last night just dead with no bounce.”
Houser stopped 21-of-23 shots he faced, earning the third star of the game. Pickard made 29 saves on 33 San Antonio shots. Lake Erie was 0-for-8 on the power play, while the Silver and Black were 1-for-5 on the man advantage.
The Rampage are now 35-20-5-1 (76 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Tuesday when they welcome the Charlotte Checkers to the AT&T Center for a special St. Patrick’s Day game at 7 p.m.