San Antonio Rampage head coach Tom Rowe said his team did not come out ready to play and were not attacking in their 3-0 loss to the Utica Comets on Friday night. It seems his players got the message as the silver and black put together an impressive rally to win their first game away from the AT&T Center this season.
The Rampage scored two goals in the third period to rally from a three-goal deficit and defeat the Oklahoma City Barons (0-2-1-0, 1 point) 5-4 in front of 2,363 fans inside Cox Convention Center on Saturday night.
Oklahoma City got the scoring started when Jason Williams blasted a snap shot past San Antonio goaltender Michael Houser at the 2:26 mark of the opening period. However, officials would need to review in order to rule a good goal. Andrew Miller assisted on Williams’ power-play tally.
In the second period, Williams struck again at the 6:40 mark while the Barons were on a 5-on-3 man advantage. He sent a one-timer past Houser for a power-play goal that gave the Barons the 2-0 lead. 13 seconds later Oscar Klefbom fired a shot over Houser’s glove to put Oklahoma City up 3-0.
San Antonio got on the scoreboard when Shane O’Brien received the puck from Vincent Trocheck as he left the penalty box and beat Oklahoma City netminder Laurent Brossoit at the 8:47 mark to cut the Barons lead to 3-1.
18 seconds later Trocheck got the Rampage within a goal as he skated past Oklahoma City defenders and sent a backhand shot through Brossoit’s legs to make it 3-2. Bobby Butler assisted on Trocheck’s second goal of the season.
The Barons got their two goal lead back when Iiro Pakarinen got into the San Antonio zone and fired a shot past Houser at 13:49 of the middle period to extend Oklahoma City’s lead to 4-2.
With 1.1 seconds remaining in the period, Connor Brickley pushed the puck through several Barons players and past Brossoit to cut the deficit to 4-3 heading into the third period of play.
Ryan Martindale tied the game at the 5:25 mark of the third when got the puck from Drew Shore and sent a shot from the point past Brossoit. The goal was while San Antonio was on the power-play and was Martindale’s first of the season.
The Rampage took the lead for good when John McFarland took a pass from Shore and weaved around the Oklahoma City defense to beat Brossoit and give San Antonio the 5-4 lead. The Barons would pressure Houser late in the game, but the Rampage would hold on for the victory.
Houser stopped 22 of the 26 shots he faced for his second win of the season, while Brossoit made 25 saves on 30 San Antonio shots. The Barons finished the game 3-for-8 on the power-play, while San Antonio was 2-for-6 with the man advantage.
The Rampage are now 3-1-0-0 (6 points) on the season and will return to the ice next Friday when they travel to Utica to face the Comets at 7 p.m. inside the Utica Memorial Auditorium.