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Rampage sink Admirals in overtime

The San Antonio Rampage defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday night. (Photo by Stephen Whitaker/The Echo)
The San Antonio Rampage defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday night. (Photo by Stephen Whitaker/The Echo)

AT&T Center – With the Calder Cup Playoffs a little over a month away, points are becoming important with every game that is played. For the San Antonio Rampage, they would need help from their goaltender and overtime to earn the second point in their first matchup with the Milwaukee Admirals.

Jesse Blacker’s goal 18 seconds into overtime lifted the Rampage to a 3-2 win over the Admirals (31-20-5-4, 74 points) in front of 4,667 fans inside the AT&T Center on Wednesday night.

After a scoreless first period, San Antonio lit the lamp while Milwaukee was on the power play. Brett Olson let go a shot from the right circle, beating Admirals goaltender Marek Mazanec at 14:58. It was San Antonio’s eight shorthanded goal of the season. Two minutes later, Milwaukee answered when Mark Van Guilder put home a rebound past Rampage netminder Michael Houser to make it 1-1 going into the third period.

San Antonio took back the lead when Dany Heatley put home a point blank shot past Mazanec after getting the pass from Corban Knight midway through the third period. The Admirals answered once again when Austin Watson beat Houser with a shot from behind the net to tie the game 2-2 and force overtime.

In the extra period, Blacker beat Mazanec just 18 seconds after the puck drop to seal the 3-2 Rampage win.

“I was lucky enough to find myself open and I picked my spot,” Blacker said of the game winner. “Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t. Tonight it went in.”

San Antonio was outshot 35-24 for the game, including 16-7 in the second period. Houser stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced in the middle frame.

“If it wasn’t for Houser, we may not have made it to overtime,” San Antonio head coach Tom Rowe said. “We won the game because of him.”

Houser made 33 of 35 saves, earning the second star of the game. Mazanec stopped 21 of 24 shots in the loss. San Antonio finished 0-for-2 on the power play, while Milwaukee was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

The Rampage are now 34-19-5-1 (74 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Friday night when they welcome the Lake Erie Monsters to the AT&T Center at 7:30 p.m.

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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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