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Rampage rally past Stars on Pink in the Rink Night



The San Antonio Rampage knew their final home game for a month was more than just a game. It was a chance to send their biggest crowd of the season home happy. And that is just what they did.

Two consecutive goals would lift the Rampage to a 3-2 come from behind win over the Texas Stars at the AT&T Center on Friday in front of a season best 14,481 fans.

The Rampage would get on the scoreboard at 11:57 of the opening frame when Rocco Grimaldi put home his 19th goal of the season, beating Justin Peters to make it 1-0 after 20 minutes.

Texas responded in the middle frame when Denis Gurianov converted on a one-timer past Jeremy Smith at 3:58 of the season period. The Stars took a 2-1 lead into the locker room after 40 minutes with Jason Dickinson’s seventh goal of the season.

San Antonio took the lead for good with two goals in 1:20. Jim O’Brien tied the game early in the final frame off a nice feed from Reid Petryk and Julian Nantel scored the game-winner just over a minute later, sealing the 3-2 victory.

“We knew the importance of the game,” Grimaldi said. For us, its more than just a hockey game. It’s not about us playing and having fun, it’s about all those dealing with cancer and tonight we did it for them.”

Up next: The Rampage are now 21-21-4-0 on the season and will kick off their Rodeo Road Trip tomorrow night when they face the Texas Stars at 7 p.m. inside the H-E-B Center.

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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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