AT&T Center – Fans were in pink and holding signs that read “I Go Pink For…” as they supported an important cause. Fans who had beaten cancer supported the San Antonio Rampage in their pink uniforms and the team returned the favor by rallying for a victory in stunning fashion.
A three-goal third period lifted the Rampage to a 5-3 win over the league-best Oklahoma City Barons (29-11-3-3, 64 points) in front of 13,125 fans at the AT&T Center on the fifth annual Pink in the Rink Night.
Oklahoma City got the scoring started when Brad Hunt picked up his own rebound and put it past San Antonio goaltender Dan Ellis at 19:13 to put the Barons up 1-0 going into the second period.
The Barons added to their lead in the second period as Curtis Hamilton beat Ellis off the face-off dot for a shorthanded goal to put Oklahoma City up 2-0 at the 4:41 mark. San Antonio answered back with a shorthanded goal of their own as Vincent Trocheck beat Barons netminder Richard Bachman to cut the Oklahoma City lead in half.
Brett Olson tied the game with a wrist shot from the left corner that beat Bachman for this seventh goal of the season. Oklahoma City took back the lead when Ryan Hamilton got the puck past Ellis to give the Barons a 3-2 lead going into the third period.
The Rampage exploded for three goals in the final frame in the span of 1:32. First, John McFarland knotted the game at 3-3 with his fourth goal of the season at the 8:19 mark. Shane O’Brien and Bobby Butler scored goals 30 seconds apart to seal the 5-3 win for San Antonio. Butler’s goal was his 20th of the season and 100th pro goal of his career.
“The way our guys battled in the third period was impressive,” Rampage head coach Tom Rowe said. “Oklahoma City is the best team in our conference and they played a great game. It’s a big two points for our guys.”
Ellis stopped 29 of 32 shots, while Bachman made 25 saves on 30 San Antonio shots. Nether team converted on the power play, with the Silver and Black going 0-for-3 and Oklahoma City finishing 0-for-4.
The Rampage are now 27-15-4-0 (58 points) on the season and will now hit the road for their annual Rodeo Road Trip that will see them travel approximately 4,900 miles. Their first stop will be in the Austin Suburbs on Tuesday against the Texas Stars at 7:30 p.m. inside the Cedar Park Center.