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Rampage hold off Griffins in overtime

Rocco Grimaldi tallied the game-tying goal to force overtime in the 3-2 win over the Texas Stars on Tuesday.
Rocco Grimaldi tallied his fourth overtime game-winner as the San Antonio Rampage defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins 5-4 on Friday night.

The San Antonio Rampage began their annual Rodeo Road Trip with a loss, but a trip to Michigan seems to have turned the tide.

Rocco Grimaldi tallied this fourth game-winning goal of the season as the Rampage (28-16-4-0) defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins (25-17-5-1) 5-4 in overtime in front of 7,168 fans inside Van Andel Arena on Friday evening.

Grand Rapids lit the lamp first after a San Antonio turnover led to Teemu Pulkkinen’s 28th goal of the season at the 15:52 mark of the opening period, giving the Griffins a 1-0 lead going into the second period.

San Antonio would tie the game in the middle frame as Brett Olson let a shot go from the right circle, beating Grand Rapids goaltender Tom McCollum at 4:08. The Silver and Black took the lead when Bobby Butler put home his 21st goal of the season. Vincent Trocheck added another goal 48 seconds later to give the Rampage a two-goal lead. Grand Rapids cut into the San Antonio lead with Andreas Athanasiou’s goal, but Garrett Wilson scored at 18:48 to put the Silver and Black up 4-2 going into the third period.

The Griffins outshot the Rampage 14-3 in the final period as Pulkkinen and Mark Zengerle lit the lamp to tie the game at four and force overtime.

In the extra frame, Grimaldi took a pass from Mark Mancari to beat McCollum, sealing the 5-4 win for San Antonio.

Grand Rapids outshot the Silver and Black 40-22 as the Griffins finished the game 1-for-6 on the power play. San Antonio was 0-for-3 on the man advantage.

Ellis made 36-of-40 saves on the night, while McCollum stopped 17 of the 22 shots he faced.

The Rampage will stay in Grand Rapids to close out the two-game series with the Griffins tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. inside Van Andel Arena.

* Rampage 1-1-0-0 (2 points) on Rodeo Road Trip

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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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