AT&T Center – The San Antonio Rampage returned home from for the first time in a month, but had to wait an hour later than normal. Both teams started out sluggish, but it was the team in their camo uniforms that sent the crowd home happy on Military Appreciation Night.
A third period surge led the Rampage to a 4-1 win over the Iowa Wild (21-38-1-1, 48 points) in front of 10,565 fans at the AT&T Center. The win puts the Silver and Black just two points behind the Oklahoma City Barons for the division lead.
After two scoreless periods, San Antonio finally got on the scoreboard in the final period. Brett Olson put home a rebound off a Shane O’Brien shot past Iowa goaltender John Curry at 5:05. Garrett Wilson put the Rampage up by two goals when he tipped the puck past Curry for a power-play tally just over six minutes later.
John McFarland made it 3-0 with a shot through traffic that found its way past Curry at 15:13 of the final period. Iowa lit the lamp when Kurtis Gabriel beat San Antonio netminder Michael Houser at 16:36.
Iowa pulled Curry for an extra attacker late in the third period and McFarland sealed the 4-1 Rampage win with an empty-net goal.
“Third period was key,” Rampage head coach Tom Rowe said. “Getting that first goal, then getting the power-play goal. I thought Weegar did a great job, but they (Iowa) are a tough team to play. We told the guys it was not going to be an easy game.”
Houser stopped 24-of-25 shots, earning the first star of the game. Curry made 31 saves on 34 San Antonio shots. The Silver and Black finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while Iowa was 0-for-2 with the man advantage.
The Rampage are now 33-19-5-1 (72 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Wednesday at 7 p.m. when they welcome the Milwaukee Admirals to the AT&T Center.