SAN JOSE – The San Antonio Rampage put together their best 60 minutes of hockey on the young season to defeat the San Jose Barracuda 3-2 in front of 3,019 fans at the SAP Center on Saturday afternoon.
The game was the second of a four game trip for the Silver and Black, who came to California early for the first time in team history. After two games of poor second periods, the Rampage would outwork their opponent for the victory.
San Jose struck first after Alexander True took advantage of a San Antonio defensive breakdown to slip the puck past Rampage net minder Spencer Martin at 4:44 of the opening frame to give the home team the early lead. San Antonio answered back just before the first period expired with Rocco Grimaldi’s first goal of the season at 19:54, knotting the score at one apiece head to the second period.
There would be no second period woes for the Rampage on Saturday as they completely took advantage of San Jose’s tired legs. The Barracuda took back the lead off forward Filip Sandberg redirected a shot off Julius Bergman into the net at 18:12 of the period. The goal would be the first time San Antonio had given up a power play tally this season.
Despite the late goal, San Antonio outworked the Barracuda in frame. The Rampage outshot San Jose 16-6 and spent the majority of the 20 minute period in the offensive end of the ice.
The third period would see the Rampage rally with two goals for the win. Joe Colborne tied the game at two with his first goal of the season off the feed from Jordan Schmaltz at 8:27. Andrew Agozzino scored the game winner at 18:11 with a power play tally of his own, getting the Rampage the split in California.
San Antonio outshot San Jose 38-18 for the game and finished 2-for-4 on the power play. The Rampage held the Barracuda to one power play goal in six tries.
Three Stars of the Game:
- Andrew Agozzino (SA): 1 goal, 1 assist
- Anton Bibeau (SJ): 35 of 38 saves in 59:09
- Joe Colborne (SA): 1 goal
- Game notes: San Antonio outshot San Jose 16-6 in the second period, marking the first time they have outshot an opponent in the middle 20 minutes of a game this season. The Rampage have now stopped 13-of-14 opponents power play chances on the season.
Up next: The Rampage are now 2-1-0-0 (4 points) on the season and will return to the ice next Friday when they travel to Cedar Park to face the Texas Stars to begin their first three-in-three of the season.