AT&T Center – The San Antonio Rampage continued to their weekend play in the same fashion. They took an early lead and sadly, the result was the same. For the first time this season, the Silver and Black were swept in their weekend series.
The Rampage fell 5-2 to the Rockford IceHogs in front of 3,771 fans at the AT&T Center on Sunday afternoon.
Rockford got on the scoreboard when Phillip Danault punched home the puck past San Antonio netminder Calvin Pickard at 4:23 to put the IceHogs up 1-0. The Rampage answered back when Mikko Rantanen sent a one-timer past Michael Leighton to tie the game at one goal apiece. Rockford responded 37 seconds later when Ville Pokka sent a rocket past Pickard make it 2-1.
Colin Smith got loose for a breakaway and sent a wrister past Leighton to knot the score at 2-2 going into the second period.
Rockford would score three consecutive goals to hand the Rampage another loss. Ryan Hartman put home a rebound past Pickard at 4:29 of the middle frame. Pierre-Cedric Labrie deflected a shot into the net as the Icehogs took a 4-2 lead into the final period.
“We got dominated in the faceoff circle,” Rampage Head Coach Dean Chynoweth said. “When your not starting with the puck very much it makes things tougher and tougher.”
Daniel Paille capped the scoring with an empty-net goal in the final period to earn the 5-2 win.
Both teams finished with 35 shots, but San Antonio was outshot 17-13 in the opening period.
“We got off to a pretty bad start, we were lucky to be tied 2-2,” Pickard said. “They got two very lucky bounces in the second. I thought as the game went on we got better but we have to work for our bounces and put more pucks on the net.”
Pickard made 30 saves on 34 shots, while Leighton stopped 33 of 35 San Antonio shots. The Rampage finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while Rockford was 2-for-3.
The Rampage are now 11-5-6-0 (28 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Wednesday night when the Charlotte Checkers come to the AT&T Center at 7 p.m.