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Rampage fall to Griffins, split weekend series

The San Antonio Rampage suffered a 4-2 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday night.
The San Antonio Rampage suffered a 4-2 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday night. (Photo by Steven Christy)

The San Antonio Rampage experienced deja vu in their second straight game against the Grand Rapids Griffins. They found themselves trailing by a goal after 20 minutes of play. Only this time, history would not repeat itself for the Silver and Black.

Connor Brickley scored twice, but it would not be enough as the Rampage suffered a 4-2 loss to the Griffins (26-17-5-1, 58 points) in front 7,753 fans inside Van Andel Arena on Saturday night.

Just like last night, Grand Rapids got on the scoreboard first. Jeff Hoggan put home a power play goal as he got the puck past San Antonio goaltender Michael Houser at 13:56 of the opening period to give the Griffins a 1-0 lead going into the second period.

Brickley scored twice in the second period to put the Rampage ahead. First, he lit the lamp at 1:17 as he got the puck past Grand Rapids netminder Jared Coreau. He tallied his second of the game at 4:17 with a backhand shot past Coreau. Mark Mancari picked up assists on both goals, while Rocco Grimaldi added a helper on the first goal.

Grand Rapids tied the goal as Andy Miele took advantage of a San Antonio turnover as he buried the puck Houser. Hoggan put home his second goal of the night as he gave the Griffins a 4-2 lead going into the third and final period of play.

Despite outshooting Grand Rapids 12-7 in the final period, the Rampage could not find the back of the net. Miele sealed the 4-2 win for the Griffins with an empty net goal in the final seconds.

Grand Rapids outshot the Silver and Black 36-26 for the game. San Antonio finished 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Griffins were 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

Houser stopped 32 of 35 shots he faced, while Coreau made 24 of the 26 San Antonio shots.

The Rampage are now 28-17-4-0 (60 points) on the season and will return to the ice tomorrow when they face the Rockford IceHogs at 4 p.m. inside the BMO Harris Bank Center.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.


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