SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Rampage scored two goals in a span of 1:30 to steal a 2-1 victory from the San Diego Gulls (15-13-1-0) in front 4,937 fans at the AT&T Center on Sunday afternoon.
The victory saw the Silver and Black close out 2017 with three straight wins after their dramatic overtime victory against the Texas Stars on Friday night. San Antonio went down early, but used their grit to scrap by and steal two points.
“We’re just playing the right way,” Rampage coach Eric Veilleux said. “We have great reload from our forwards. We’re not forcing plays or anything like that. We are playing well.”
Here is what went good and bad for the Rampage, as well as three standout players: Chris Butler, David Warsofsky, and Ville Husso.
- San Antonio never gave up, fighting until the final buzzer. As a result, two late goals saw them get into the top three of the Pacific Division.
- The Rampage penalty kill continued to stay hot in this cold weather, stopping all four of the Gulls’ power play opportunities.
- Ville Husso had another great game in net.
- The theme of the Rampage struggling on the power play continued on Sunday. San Antonio went 0-for-3 on the man advantage.
- San Antonio struggled offensively for the second straight game.
Three Standout Players:
Butler led by example by keeping the Rampage aggressive on both ends of the ice. San Antonio out shot San Diego 13-10 in the period, with two of those shots going into the back of the net.
Warsofsky has had a rough start to his first season in San Antonio, particularly on the defensive end of the ice. With that said, maybe this game winning goal is just the boost he needs to get it going in 2018.
Husso came up particularly big in the third period onslaught of shots from the Gulls. He made two big stops to keep the Silver and Black within a goal and in the last two games has allowed just one goal in 121 minutes of action.
The Rampage are now 19-12-2-0 on the season and will have a few days off to ring in the new year. The team will return to the ice on Wednesday when they welcome the Bakersfield Condors to the AT&T Center at 7 p.m.