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Rocco Grimaldi extended his point streak with his sixth goal of the season in a 6-2 loss to the Adirondack Flames on Tuesday evening.
Rocco Grimaldi extended his point streak with his sixth goal of the season in a 6-2 loss to the Adirondack Flames on Tuesday evening.

Sloppy play, turnovers and goaltenders being pulled are all signs of a bad hockey game. Unfortunately for the San Antonio Rampage, they showed all the signs and it resulted in one of their worst losses of the season.

Rocco Grimaldi tallied a goal to extend his point streak, but it was not enough as the Rampage (19-12-3-0) suffered a 6-2 defeat to the Adirondack Flames (22-14-1-1) in front of 2,577 fans inside the Glen Falls Civic Center on Tuesday evening.

The Flames got on the scoreboard early as Sena Acolatse he sent a backhand shot past San Antonio goaltender Dan Ellis at 10:29 of the opening period. Adirondack would take the one goal lead into the second period.


San Antonio knotted the game in the middle frame as Grimaldi sent a blast from the blue line just over the pads of Flames netminder Joni Ortio at 5:29. Adirondack took back the lead just over a minute later with a Tyler Wotherspoon goal. Corbin Knight put the Flames up by two goals as he took the puck from Rampage defenseman Alex Petrovic, shooting it past Ellis. Garnet Hathaway added another goal to put Adirondack up 4-1 going into the third and final period.

Michael Houser started the third period in net for San Antonio, meaning Ellis’ night was done. The Flames picked up where they left off as Ben Hanowski got in on the scoring just 43 seconds into the period. David Wolf tallied the sixth and final goal of the night for the home team, putting a wrist shot past Houser to give the Flames a 6-1 lead.

San Antonio stopped the bleeding with Andrew Yogan’s fourth goal of the season to make it 6-2. Stephan Vigier had the lone assist on the goal.

Adirondack outshot the Silver and Black 48-38, the 48 shots were the most the Rampage have given up to an opponent this season. Ellis made 29 saves on 33 shots through two periods of work and Houser stopped 13 of 15 shots in 20 minutes of action. Ortio made 36 of 38 saves on the night.

The Flames finished 0-for-2 on the power play and San Antonio was 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

The Rampage will conclude their six game road trip tomorrow when they travel to Rochester for a contest with the Americans inside Blue Cross Arena at 6 p.m.

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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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