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Rampage stopped by Wolves in overtime

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AT&T Center – The face and body language of Maxim Noreau in the San Antonio Rampage locker room following Friday’s game said it all: the team let one get away.

The Rampage saw a two goal lead disappear and fell 4-3 to the Chicago Wolves in front of 6,194 fans at the AT&T Center. Despite the loss, San Antonio remains the only team without a regulation loss in the American Hockey League.

San Antonio got on the scoreboard first when Noreau put home a power play goal past Chicago goaltender Jordan Binnington to put the Rampage up 1-0 at 16:20 of the opening period and took the one goal lead into the middle frame.


The Rampage quickly made it 2-0 before fans could settle back into the seats. Borna Rendulic put home his first goal of the season just 14 seconds into the second period and made it a two goal game. Chicago responded when Jordan Schmaltz beat Calvin Pickard to cut the lead to one and Yannick Veilleux scored midway through the period to make it a 2-2 game.

Colin Smith gave the Rampage the lead just before the second intermission when he took Rendulic’s pass and beat Binnington to make it 3-2. Chicago would pull Binnington for an extra attacker and the move would pay off as Jeremy Welsh scored the game-tying goal with 50.3 seconds left to force overtime.

In the extra period, Danny Kristo scored the game winner with 1:26 remaining in the overtime period. The loss was the second consecutive overtime loss for San Antonio.

“I was disappointed the way it ended,” Rampage head coach Dean Chynoweth said. “We exchanged chances with them in the second and third. We give up the goal with under a minute left and then we lose in overtime. A very disappointing point to give up.”

Despite earning a point, the players knew they have to tighten some loose ends and not afford those late game blunders.

“We should have won that game in regulation,” Noreau said following the game. Picks [Pickard] did a great job keeping us in the game in big moments, in overtime actually. We owe him more than that.”

Pickard stopped 30 of the 34 shots he faced in the loss and Binnington made 37 saves on 40 Rampage shots. San Antonio finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while Chicago was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

The Rampage are now 5-0-3-0 (13 points) on the season and will return to the ice tomorrow night to face the Texas Stars inside the Cedar Park 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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