AT&T Center – San Antonio Rampage assistant coach Scott Allen said there would be no surprises after an underwhelming performance against the Charlotte Checkers on Friday, despite getting a win. 24 hours later it appeared the team got the message loud and clear.
The Rampage got four goals from four different players as they defeated the Checkers (4-8-1-0, 9 points) 4-3 in front of 5,223 fans at the AT&T Center on Saturday night.
Much like Friday night, San Antonio would light the lamp first. Drew Shore kicked off the scoring when he sent the puck over the shoulder of Charlotte goaltender Drew MacIntyre just three minutes into the game to put the Rampage up 1-0.
Charlotte tied the game with a short-handed goal from Greg Nemisz just over three minutes later. It was the second time this season San Antonio has allowed a short-handed tally.
San Antonio went back in front when Garrett Wilson put home his fifth of the season. While on the power play, Steven Kampfer let go a blast from the point as Wilson tipped it past MacIntyre to give the Rampage a one-goal lead. The Silver and Black went up 3-1 when Logan Shaw deflected another power play goal at the 19:22 mark of the first period.
After a scoreless second period, the Rampage picked the scoring in the third. Bobby Butler beat MacIntyre from the left circle to put San Antonio up 4-1, but Charlotte answered over a minute later when Justin Shugg beat Rampage netminder Michael Houser to make it a two-goal game again.
Michal Jordan tallied a power play goal to cut Charlotte’s deficit to one, but San Antonio held on for the 4-3 victory.
“We need to learn to play with a lead a lot better than we did today, Rampage head coach Tom Rowe said following the game. “But at the end of the day we got two points and that’s what’s most important.”
San Antonio outshot Charlotte 40-30. Houser made 27 saves on 30 shots he faced, while MacIntyre stopped 36 of 40 shots. The Silver and Black ended the game 2-for-9 on the power play, while the Checkers were 1-for-6 with the man advantage.
The Rampage are now 9-6-0-0 (18 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Tuesday morning when they welcome the Oklahoma City Barons to the AT&T Center at 10:30 a.m.