AT&T Center – San Antonio Rampage head coach Tom Rowe has said his team is playing for the West division and one of the top spots in the Western Conference and would not rest guys during this 3-in-3. The Silver and Black came into Sunday’s game knowing they could take the lead in the division for the first time since December 3. However, they would need some extra time to get the job done.
Dylan Olsen scored the game winning goal as the Rampage earned a 3-2 overtime victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs (30-25-10-0) in front of 5,985 fans at the AT&T Center on Sunday afternoon for their fifth straight win.
Unlike last night, Hamilton lit the lamp first to start the game. Daniel Carr put home the rebound just as the Bulldogs power play expired to give the visitors the 1-0 lead 2:28 after the opening puck drop. San Antonio would answer back before the period ended as Connor Brickley tipped in a shot from Dany Heatley to tie the game at 1-1 going into the second period.
The Bulldogs took back the lead in the middle frame while the Rampage were on the power play. Gabriel Dumont got loose on the breakaway and slipped the puck past a diving Michael Houser for a short-handed tally. San Antonio answered back once again as Heatley punched in the rebound past Hamilton goaltender Mike Condon to lock the score 2-2 going into the final period of play.
Despite the Silver and Black winning the shots battle 7-6 in the final frame, neither team would find the back of the net – sending the game to overtime. Olsen scored at 6:11 of the extra period to seal the 3-2 Rampage win.
“It looked like he was going to go down near the blue line,” Rowe said of Olsen’s game-winner. “He kept his balance and once he zeroed in on the net, you could see the angle. He wanted to shoot and he’s a skilled guy, he finished it off.”
Houser stopped 25-of-27 Hamilton shots, including all five in overtime. He improves to 8-1-1-1 over the past 11 games. Hamilton netminder Joey MacDonald started the game and made 17 saves in 27 minutes of action before leaving with an injury. Condon came in relief and made 21 of 23 stops.
“I felt pretty good through most of the night,” Houser said. “Early on, I missed one or two through traffic that I got a piece of. For the most part I was seeing the pucks well.”
The win combined with the loss by the Oklahoma City Barons puts the Silver and Black atop the West Division and one point behind the Utica Comets for first place in the Western Conference.
San Antonio finished the game 1-for-6 on the power play, while Hamilton was 0-for-4 on the man advantage.
The Rampage are now 39-20-5-1 (84 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Wednesday when they travel to Milwaukee to face the Admirals at 7 p.m. inside the BMO Harris Bradley Center.