AT&T Center – Rocco Grimaldi had several chances to score his first professional goal on Saturday, but came though when it mattered the most.
Grimaldi netted game-winning goal to lift the San Antonio Rampage to a 3-2 overtime victory over the Oklahoma City Barons (0-0-1-0, 1 point) in front of 5,580 fans inside the AT&T Center on Saturday night.
San Antonio lit the lamp first as Brett Olson picked up his first goal in a Rampage uniform at 8:12 of the opening period when he got the puck past Oklahoma City goaltender Richard Bachman to put the home team up by a point.
Oklahoma City responded when Ryan Hamilton scored on a power-play goal by getting the puck past Rampage netminder Michael Houser at 13:52 of the first period to tie the game 1-1.
Vincent Trocheck gave the Rampage the 2-1 lead midway through the second period. He got the puck in slot and sent a backhand shot from his knees past Bachman. Parlett and Bobby Butler assisted on Trocheck’s first goal of the season.
The Barons answered back quickly as Pakarinen put home a rebound past Houser less than three minutes later to knot the game 2-2 going into the third and final period of play.
After a scoreless third period, which saw both teams get plenty of scoring chances, we went to overtime. Grimaldi scored his first pro goal as he buried the puck as Bachman to secure the 3-2 Rampage win. Drew Shore and Shane O’Brien picked up assists on the game-winning goal.
“Drew (Shore) gave me a good drop pass. I tried to put it on net and it happened to squeeze its way through,” Grimaldi said of the game-winning goal.
San Antonio out-shot Oklahoma City 30-25 in the victory, including 12 shots in the opening period.
“It’s a lot more aggressive this year than last year,” Rampage head coach Tom Rowe said. “We’re playing a lot more physical, we’ve asked guys to get in our opponents faces, just pressure the puck in all three zones. Its been a good start, but we still have a lot of areas we have to work on and fix.”
Houser finished the game with 23 saves on 25 Barons shots, while Bachman made 27 saves on 30 shots he faced. Oklahoma City finished the game 1-for-4 on the power-play, while San Antonio was 0-for-1 with the man advantage.
The Rampage are now 2-0-0-0 (4 points) on the season and will return to the ice next Friday when they welcome the Utica Comets to the AT&T Center at 7:30 p.m.