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Rampage collapse, fall to Reign in stunner

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AT&T Center – The San Antonio Rampage were so close to grabbing a win over the Pacific Division’s top team. Then, a lack of focus would see them give up three late goals and walk to the locker room searching for answers.


The Rampage saw their lead slip away as they fell 5-4 to the Ontario Reign in front of 3,382 fans at the AT&T Center Wednesday night.

After a scoreless first period, the lamp would be lit a total of four times in the middle frame. Vincent LoVerde got Ontario on the scoreboard just 2:15 into the second period, letting go a blast from the right circle. Kevin Gravel extended the lead to two goals just 22 seconds later with a shot that found its way past Reto Berra.

San Antonio answered back just over two minutes later when Mikko Rantanen put the puck in the back of the net for his 21st goal of the season. Sam Henley’s rebound would make it 2-2 after 40 minutes and give the Rampage momentum going into the third.

Two goals from Alex Belzile gave the Rampage a 4-2 lead with just over three minutes remaining and that is when Ontario rallied for the stunning win. With an extra attacker on, the Reign got goals from Jonny Brodzinski and Gravel to knot the score up at 4-4. A turnover from Reid Petryk saw the puck go right to the stick of Nic Dowd, who buried in the back of the net to seal the 5-4 loss for San Antonio.

“With the short bench we were mentally and physically drained,” Rampage coach Dean Chynoweth said. “We just ran out of gas by the end. We had an icing and a shot off a broken stick.”

San Antonio was outshot 42-25, including 17-9 in the final period. Both teams were 0-for-2 in their power-play chances.

“You can score so quick in hockey,” Rantanen said. “They scored twice like they did and the fifth one was an unlucky one. But that’s the way it goes.”

The Rampage are now 24-29-8-0 (56 points, 0.456%) on the season and will return to the ice on Friday when they welcome the Lake Erie Monsters to the AT&T Center at 7:30 p.m.

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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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