The San Antonio Rampage have tried everything to break their skid, but nothing has worked. Head Coach Dean Chynoweth decided to go with a goaltender change and the move led the Silver and Black to their first win of the month.
The Rampage rallied for a 3-2 win over the Iowa Wild in front of 4,787 fans inside the Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday afternoon to break a seven-game losing streak.
San Antonio got on the scoreboard first when Mikko Rantanen found Colin Smith, who banged home the puck past Iowa netminder Jeremy Smith at 11:44 of the opening frame. Iowa knotted the score at one goal apiece with a tally from Grayson Downing just over three minutes later.
The Wild took advantage of a power-play goal and took the lead with a shot off the stick of Mike Reilly at 5:11 of the middle frame, getting the puck past San Antonio goaltender Roman Will. The Rampage tied the game up at 2-2 with a Reid Petryk shot before the second intermission.
Nikita Zadorov sealed the win for the Rampage with his sixth goal of the season at 13:32 of the final frame. Smith assisted on the goal, earning him the Second Star Of The Game.
Roman Will finished the game with 31 saves on 33 Iowa shots, while Jeremy Smith made 28 saves on 31 Rampage shots. San Antonio finished 0-for-2 on the power-play, while the Wild were 0-for-5 with the man advantage.
The Rampage are now 12-10-6-0 (30 points) on the season and will return to the ice tomorrow night to close out their two-game series with the Wild at 7 p.m. inside Well Fargos Arena.