SAN ANTONIO – Three power-play goals lifted the San Antonio Rampage to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Wolves (6-2-1) in front of 3,913 fans at the AT&T Center on Sunday afternoon.
The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for San Antonio, who got their first win since a 4-0 opening night victory against Grand Rapids Griffins on October 6.
“Our special teams were good and the power play was good,” Rampage goaltender Jordan Binnington said. “We competed tonight, so hopefully we use this as a hurdle and start moving in the right direction.”
After a scoreless first period, the Rampage got the scoring started. Mackenzie MacEachern buried a power-play goal off a missed chance from Joey LaLeggia to put San Antonio up a goal at the 6:34 mark. Just over five minutes, later the Silver and Black extended their lead with Trevor Smith’s third goal of the season.
Chicago outshot San Antonio 14-2 in the final frame and rallied to cut the deficit. Curtis McKenzie scored 6:40 into the period when he redirected an Erik Brannstrom shot past Binnington to make it a 2-1 game.
Klim Kostin’s second goal of the season and third power-play goal for the Rampage would be the difference. Gage Quinney scored shorthanded at 15:05 for Chicago to finalize the scoring as Binnington held off a final rush by the Wolves to grab the two points.
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The goaltender picked up his 100th career win on Sunday and was a monster between the pipes for the Rampage.
He stopped 25 of 27 shots he faced, including 14 in the third period. He stood tall as Chicago sent a final rush of pucks towards the net, robbing Keegan Kolesar on a 2-on-1 chance and stopping another attempt from Quinney.
“Every game is going to be tough for us,” he said. “This win is a long time coming and we earned it. We’re in California next week and it won’t get any easier.”
The Rampage are now 2-8-0 (4 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Friday night when they open a four-game road trip against the San Jose Barracuda (7-1-0) at 9 p.m. from the SAP Center.