AT&T Center – The San Antonio Rampage have had trouble keeping leads as of late. That problem plagued the Silver and Black once again as they opened a two-game series with the Lake Erie Monsters, resulting in another frustrating loss.
The Rampage took an early lead, but would eventually fall 3-2 to the Monsters in front of 7,314 fans at the AT&T Center Friday night.
San Antonio took the lead off Nate Guenin’s first goal of the season at 6:40 of the opening frame. Alex Belzile extended the lead to two goals for the Silver and Black with a power-play tally later in the period, banging home a rebound past Anton Forsberg. Lake Erie answered back with a goal from Alex Broadhurst and the Rampage took a 2-1 lead into the second period.
In the middle frame, Lake Erie would take the lead for good. Dillon Heatherington knotted the score at two goals apiece with a shot from the left circle at 11:50 of the second period and Broadhurst’s second of the night nearly four minutes later made it 3-2 Monsters after 40 minutes of play.
Neither team found the back of the net, despite a furious rally from the Rampage in the final moments of the game. The 3-2 score would stand as the final.
“Things like this happen in a 76-game season,” Rampage Head Coach Dean Chynoweth said. “You just have to keep working and work through it. Eventually you’re going to get a break.”
San Antonio was outshot 37-34 for the game, including 12-7 in the final period. The Rampage were 1-for-5 on the power-play, while Lake Erie was 1-for-4 with the man advantage. The loss was the seventh in their last eight games for the Silver and Black.
“Our forwards were hard on the puck and won puck battles,” said Guenin, who earned the Third Star of the Game. “We were getting shots through and when we did, our forwards had net presence to get rebounds. That’s a positive we can take from this game, but losing…it gets old.”
The Rampage are now 24-30-8-0 (56 points, 0.452%) on the season and will return to the ice on Sunday afternoon when they face the Monsters in a rematch at 4 p.m. at the AT&T Center.