Last season, the San Antonio Rampage had their best Rodeo Road Trip in franchise history. Fast forward a year later and the team is off to a less than impressive start. That trend continued in Illinois as the Silver and Black could not find their offense.
Connor Brickley continued his hot streak, but it was not enough as the Rampage suffered a 2-1 loss to the Rockford IceHogs (29-16-4-2, 64 points) in front of 4,864 fans inside the BMO Harris Bank Center on Sunday afternoon.
Rockford got the scoring started when Brandon Mashinter let go of a shot in the slot that found its way past San Antonio goaltender Dan Ellis at 5:20 of the opening period to put the IceHogs up 1-0 going into the second period.
San Antonio evened the score in the middle frame when Brickley flipped the puck over the shoulder of Rockford netminder Scott Darling at 6:42 for his 17th goal of the season. The score would remain tied going into the third and final period.
The IceHogs took the lead for good when Cody Bass beat Ellis with a wrist shot between the legs, which proved to be the game-winner as Rockford held on for the 2-1 win.
Both teams finished 0-for-1 with the man advantage. Ellis made 29 saves on 31 Rockford shots, while Darling stopped 29 of 30 shots to secure the win.
The Rampage are now 28-18-4-0 (60 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Wednesday morning when they face these same Rockford IceHogs once again inside the BMO Harris Bank Center.