The San Antonio Rampage are in their final stop before returning home after a month long Rodeo Road Trip that has seen them travel over 4,000 miles and play 10 games with one more to go tomorrow.
Shane O’Brien tied the game to force overtime, but it would not be enough as the Rampage (31-19-5-1) suffered a 3-2 shootout loss to the Charlotte Checkers (22-29-5-1) in front of 3,056 fans inside Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday evening. The loss was San Antonio’s first in the skills competition this season.
Charlotte lit the lamp first just five minutes after the puck drop when Zach Boychuk flipped the puck over the pads of San Antonio goaltender Michael Houser for a power-play tally at 4:55 to give the Checkers a 1-0 lead going into the second period.
San Antonio tied the game in the second period when Rocco Grimaldi put home his own rebound and slid the puck past Charlotte netminder Drew MacIntyre at 5:25 to make it a 1-1 game going into the third and final period of play.
Charlotte took back the lead with a goal from Trevor Carrick at 3:26 with a slap shot that found its way past Houser. O’Brien would tie the game at at 12:22 with a power-play goal. Bobby Butler had a chance to give the Silver and Black the lead with a penalty shot, but MacIntyre turned the puck aside and we went into overtime tied 2-2.
San Antonio out-shot Charlotte 4-3 in the extra frame, but neither team was able to find the back of the net and took the game to a shootout. In the skills competition, MacIntyre stopped all six Rampage shooters and Danny Biega netted the game-winner, giving Charlotte the 3-2 win.
Houser stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced, while MacIntyre made 40 saves on 42 San Antonio shots. Both teams finished the game 1-for-2 on the power-play.
The Rampage will conclude their Rodeo Road Trip tomorrow evening when they face the Checkers to close out the two-game series at 6 p.m. inside Time Warner Cable Arena.
*Rampage 4-4-1-1 (10 points) on Rodeo Road Trip