AT&T Center – Sam Brittain is making quite the statement in his young AHL career. He came in late to join the San Antonio Rampage and had made most of his time in net. He has a shutout and three career wins, he nearly had another as the silver and black closed out their season series with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Corban Knight scored the lone goal as the Rampage fell 2-1 to the Griffins in overtime in front of 7,828 fans at the AT&T Center on Saturday night. The overtime loss kept San Antonio ahead of Utica for first place in the Western Conference by one point.
After two periods of scoreless hockey, San Antonio finally lit the lamp in the final frame. Corban Knight tapped in a Dany Heatley shot past Grand Rapids netminder Jared Cureau at 6:41 for a power play tally. With Cureau pulled from net, the Griffins responded just before the end of regulation. Jeff Hoggan punched home the puck past Rampage goaltender at 59:11 to tie the game at 1-1 and force overtime.
In the extra frame, Andy Miele beat Brittain with a wrist shot at 3:16 of overtime to seal the 2-1 win for Grand Rapids.
“You’ve got to give Grand Rapids credit,” Rampage head coach Tom Rowe said. “They didn’t play their best game last night and I’m sure Blashill sent a message to his team. We talked to our guys about them coming out fast and hard, they did. I don’t think we responded, but we got going. It was a good tight game and we got a point out of it. We’re still on top of the conference.”
Brittain made 40 of 42 saves in the loss, while Cureau stopped 39-of-40 San Antonio shots. The silver and black finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while Grand Rapids was 0-for-3.
The Rampage are now 45-21-6-1 (97 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Tuesday when they welcome the Texas Stars to the AT&T Center at 7 p.m.