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Rampage rally, earn point in overtime loss to Reign

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AT&T Center – The San Antonio Rampage know how to collect points. Despite being down three goals, they found a way to pick up a point after a poor start in a Pacific Division battle.

The Rampage fell 4-3 in overtime to the Ontario Reign in front of 6,403 fans at the AT&T Center on Friday night after forcing the extra frame by scoring three consecutive goals.

Ontario got on the scoreboard first when Ryan Horvat scored his second goal of the season at 2:39 to put the visitors up by a goal. Scott Sabourin’s tally made it 2-0 as the Rampage entered the middle frame trailing for the first time all season.

The Reign widened their lead to three goals off a Sean Backman shot that beat San Antonio netminder Spencer Martin. The Rampage would answer just before intermission as Maxim Noreau got the Silver and Black on the board with his fourth goal of the season to make it 3-1.

San Antonio got two goals in the final frame to force overtime. First, Nikita Zadorov banged the puck past Ontario goaltender Peter Budaj and Joey Hishon banged home a rebound to make it 3-3.

Ontario would score just 21 seconds into overtime as Michael Mersch scored the game-winner to hand the Rampage the 4-3 loss.

“I thought the first period they were the better team,” Rampage Head Coach Dean Chynoweth said. “We had some resilience to come back. We’ll take the point.”

Martin stopped 35 of 39 shots he faced, while Budaj made 27 saves on 30 Rampage shots. San Antonio finished 2-for-6 on the power play, while Ontario was 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

The Rampage are now 9-1-5-0 (23 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Sunday afternoon when they welcome the Charlotte Checkers to the AT&T Center at 4 p.m.

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