AT&T Center – It was a game of two teams going in opposite directions. The San Antonio Rampage, losers of eight straight games and the red-hot Grand Rapids Griffins, winners of 13-straight. On Sunday afternoon, one streak would come to an end.
The Rampage would shutout the Griffins 2-0 in front of 5,620 fans and 327 dogs at the AT&T Center on Sunday afternoon to snap their eight game losing streak on Pucks & Paws night.
San Antonio got the scoring started early when Sam Henley’s tally at 3:13 of the opening frame sent the dogs howling and gave the Silver and Black the 1-0 lead. Despite San Antonio outshooting Grand Rapids 16-7 in the period, the Rampage took a one-goal lead into the middle frame.
A poor second period, which saw 10 turnovers from the Silver and Black, resulted in a scoreless middle frame. San Antonio would carry their one-goal lead into the final period of play.
Nikita Zadorov would give San Antonio a 2-0 lead just 23 seconds into the final stanza when he buried the puck past Jake Paterson. The Silver and Black outshot Grand Rapids 19-16 and held on for the victory over the Central Division leaders.
“A lot of the things we haven’t done consistently we did in the first period,” Rampage Head Coach Dean Chynoweth said. “We got away from that in the second [period] and we were able to put it together in the third and get the win.”
The victory was the first of the month for the Rampage and their first home win since February 5. Spencer Martin stopped all 31 shots he faced, earning the First Star of the Game.
“We looked like a team that was playing desperate,” Martin said. “We had few blocked shots and it was awesome..the perfect game in front of me.”
San Antonio finished 0-for-2 on the power play, while Grand Rapids was 0-for-4 with the man advantage. The Silver and Black outshot Grand Rapids 41-31 for the game, including 15-6 in the opening period.
The Rampage are now 25-33-8-0 (58 points, 0.439%) on the season and will return to the ice on Tuesday when they face the Griffins once again at 7 p.m at the AT&T Center.