The San Antonio Rampage knew their California trip would provide its challenges and their last stop was in Stockton to face the Heat. Sadly, the trip would end on a sour note as the silver and black fell to close out their California adventure.
The Rampage made a game of it early, but would all 6-2 to the Heat in front of 2,818 fans inside Stockton Arena on Wednesday night.
Stockton got two quick goals to make it a two goal game. Derek Grant scored on a backdoor shot, beating Spencer Martin at 7:39 of the opening frame. Just 30 seconds later, the Heat took advantage of a San Antonio turnover when Morgan Klimchuk put the puck into the empty net to make it a 2-0 lead for the home squad.
San Antonio responded with the Heat on the power play at 11:36 when Reid Petryk beat Kevin Poulin for a short-handed tally to make it 2-1 going into the second period.
The Heat added two more goals in the middle frame to widen their lead. First, Freddie Hamilton put home a rebound at 4:40 for a power play tally and Kenny Agostino scored for Stockton nearly five minutes later to make it a 4-1 game. San Antonio answered back when Dennis Everberg banged home a rebound of his own to make it a 4-2 Stockton advantage going into the final period.
Stockton capped the scoring with two goals in the final stanza to seal the win. Aaron Johnson scored at the 10:37 mark on the power play and Hamilton would make it a two goal night six minutes later for a 6-2 final score.
Martin finished the game with 27 saves on 33 shots, while Poulin made 31 of 33 saves for Stockton. The Heat finished 2-for-5 on the power play, while San Antonio was 0-for-5.
The Rampage are now 16-15-7-0 (39 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Friday to begin a nine-game homestand to welcome the Milwaukee Admirals to the AT&T Center for a pair of games.