AT&T Center – The ice was pink. The jerseys were pink. There was no doubt the final game of the nine game homestand for the San Antonio Rampage was a special one. The team made sure their fans went home happy as they downed their in-state rivals.
Mikko Rantanen’s four point night proved to be the difference as the Rampage earned a 5-2 win over the Texas Stars in front of 14,135 fans at the AT&T Center on Friday night in the annual Pink in the Rink game.
Texas took advantage of an early power play as Matej Stransky put home the first goal of the night at 11:54. The Rampage responded with two goals in less than a minute to give them a one goal lead of their own. First, Reid Petryk put a backhand shot past Texas net minder Philippe Desrosiers and Maxim Noreau added a power play tally at 14:37 to make it 2-1 San Antonio after the first period.
The Stars knotted the game at 2-2 as Travis Morin proved to be a thorn in the Rampage side once again with a shorthanded goal at 7:28 in the middle frame.
San Antonio answered back with three goals in the final period to seal the win. Garrett Thompson got things started with a power play tally at 6:50. Mikko Rantanen scored his 14th goal of the year with a shot into the open net and Petryk put home his second of the game to seal the 5-2 Rampage win.
“It’s a good win,” Rampage coach Dean Chynoweth said. “To go up against Texas, we’ve had our trouble lately with them. They have a few guys back in the lineup, it was good to see. It was good to see production.”
The AT&T Center was filled to the upper deck for the annual Pink in the Rink game, to help raise Breast Health Awareness. Several fans wore pink as well as the players, making the victory even more special.
“The cause is awesome,” Chynoweth said. “To raise awareness and see the support that comes out, obviously cancer effects everybody. Directly or indirectly. When you have an emotional night like this and the crowd behind you, its good to reward them with a good game.”
Roman Will made 32 saves on 34 shots and picked up the win. Desrosiers stopped 30 of 35 shots in the loss. San Antonio finished 3-for-6 on the power play, while Texas was 1-for-6.
The Rampage are now 20-20-7-0 on the season and will return to the ice tomorrow night to kick off their 11-game Rodeo Road Trip in Austin against the Stars at 7 p.m.