SAN ANTONIO – The offensive woes that plagued the San Antonio Rampage on the road followed them back home as they fell 3-0 to the Chicago Wolves (30-18-6-2) in front of 11,000 fans at the AT&T Center on Friday night.
The contest was the first inside the friendly confines in a month due to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo kicking the Rampage and Spurs out of the AT&T Center. The shutout was the second in their past three games and third straight loss overall.
After a scoreless first period, Chicago found the back of the net in the second. The Silver and Black committed two consecutive penalties and Wolves center T.J. Tynan converted on a one-timer to make it 1-0. Just before the end of the period, Jake Bischoff tallied an even-strength goal to put the visitors up two goals.
The Wolves completed the scoring in the final seconds of the game with Jason Garrison’s empty-net tally.
San Antonio had two solid scoring chances on the breakaway but both Ryan Graves and Reid Petryk were stopped by Chicago netminder Oscar Dansk, who picked up his first career AHL shutout.
Here is what went good and bad for the Rampage in the loss to Chicago on Friday night:
- The Rampage came out aggressive, getting seven of the game’s first 10 shots. Reid Petryk and Ryan Graves each had solid scoring chances in the first two periods of the night.
- San Antonio was the better hockey club, outplaying Chicago for two of three periods.
- San Antonio struggled on the power-play, going 0-for-3 on the night. The Rampage had zero shots on their advantage in the third period, marking the second of three games where they failed to record a shot on the power-play.
- The Rampage can’t afford to be losing games with just 18 left in the season. Currently, San Antonio sits in sixth place and will need to go on a hefty winning streak in order to get back into the top four in the Pacific Division.
The Rampage are now 27-23-8-0 (62 points, 0.534%) on the season and will return to the ice on Sunday afternoon when they welcome their in-state rivals the Texas Stars (29-20-5-3) to the AT&T Center at 3 p.m.