AT&T Center – The San Antonio Rampage have been in a funk as of late. Giving up late leads and getting outshot, it looks like the Silver and Black have lost their way and their head coach agreed after yet another defeat.
The Rampage scored twice in the opening period, but fell 3-2 to the Stockton Heat in front of 2,918 fans at the AT&T Center on Thursday for their fourth consecutive loss.
San Antonio got on the scoreboard when Andrew Agozzino took the pass from Joey Hishon, beating Stockton goaltender Joni Ortio at the 6:41 mark of the first period. The Heat responded seconds later with a goal from Bill Arnold to knot the game up 1-1.
“It was a three on one. Joe was coming down, I let him know I was behind him and he made a great pass,” Agozzino said of the goal. “Being so close I tried to shoot it as hard as I could and it went in the goal.”
Dennis Everburg tipped in a shot past Ortio just over a minute later to give the Rampage a 2-1 lead going into the second period.
Stockton got two goals from Emile Poirier in the final two periods to seal the win. Poirier tallied the equalizer at the 4:20 mark of the middle frame and beat San Antonio netminder Calvin Pickard just over a minute into the third period to make it 3-2.
San Antonio was outshot 42-25 for the game, including 20-11 in the second period. Despite using energy to rally back last night against Charlotte, Head Coach Dean Chynoweth is not ready to use that as an excuse.
“We’re a team right now with a little bit of an identity crisis.” Chynoweth said. “You can say what you want to be but until you do it consistently on the ice it doesn’t become that.”
In the month of December, San Antonio has not gotten in the win column. The Rampage are 0-4 with eight games remaining before 2016, but six of those eight are on the road.
“Right now, we’re not a team that can play 40 minutes and expect to win,” Agozzino said. After Christmas, the games get tighter. If we want to be in the talk come playoff time, we need to get out of our funk now.”
The Rampage are now 11-7-6-0 (28 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Texas Stars at 4 p.m. inside the AT&T Center for Star Wars night.