AT&T Center – The San Antonio Rampage were sick of losing at home. They took out their frustrations of a two-month winless streak inside the friendly confines against an old foe with a new name to begin their busy weekend.
Reid Petryk scored two goals as he led the Rampage to a 6-1 win over the Bakersfield Condors in front of 6,145 fans at the AT&T Center on Friday night to snap a 13-game winless streak.
After a scoreless first period, San Antonio lit the lamp in the second. Dennis Everberg took advantage of a Rampage power play chance as he tipped the puck home to give the Silver and Black the lead. San Antonio quickly extended their lead when Alex Belzile redirected a shot into the net, putting the Rampage up 2-0 going into the final frame.
San Antonio blew the game open in the third period by scoring four goals. Garrett Thompson scored his first goal in a Rampage uniform with a wrist shot past Bakersfield net minder Eetu Laurikainen at 9:55. Just over three minutes later, Petryk buried the puck into the net off a pretty feed from Colin Smith to make it a 4-0 game. Michael Schumacher got into the scoring column just over a minute later to make it a five-goal game.
Bakersfield finally lit the lamp a minute later with a shot off the stick of Joey LaLeggia, beating Roman Will. Patrick capped off the scoring with his second goal of the night as the Rampage earned the 6-1 win.
“We were sick of losing here (at home),” Petryk said of the big win. “Last game we deserved better, we had 40 shots on net and should have won that game. It definitely helps to get some key guys back as well.”
San Antonio outshot Bakersfield 32-30, including 14-7 in the opening period. Despite not getting any goals in the first 20 minutes, it set the tone for the rest of the game.
“The last month and a half he has been our most consistent player,” Rampage Head Coach Dean Chynoweth said of Petryk. “He’s big, physical and hard to play against. He goes north and south and that’s key.”
The Silver and Black connected on their lone power play tally of the game, while Bakersfield was 0-for-5.
The Rampage are now 17-18-7-0 (41 points) on the season and will return to the ice tomorrow night for a rematch with the Condors at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center.