AT&T Center – No one was happy. The coaches, the players or the fans. A game that started so promising would end in the worst home loss of the season for the San Antonio Rampage.
The Chicago Wolves (14-9-3-0) scored four times in the second period as the Rampage (14-7-2-0) suffered a 6-2 loss in front of an announced crowd of 3,492 at the AT&T Center on Tuesday evening.
“Too many penalties, we just weren’t good,” San Antonio head coach Tom Rowe said. “It’s one of those games, I told the guys after – ‘it’s over, forget it.'” It was one of those nights where things weren’t in the cards.”
San Antonio scored early as Drew Shore got the puck from Mark Mancari and fired a shot from the circle that went past Chicago goaltender Jordan Binnington at 15:12 of the opening period to put the Rampage up 1-0 going into the second period.
Chicago tied the game early in the middle frame to kick off their four-goal period. Ty Rattie picked up his own rebound and put it past Rampage netminder Dan Ellis to knot the game 1-1 just 2:03 into the second stanza. San Antonio took the lead right back when Blake Parlett scored on a wraparound attempt just over a minute later.
The Wolves would score two goals in over a minute to take the lead for good. First, Dmitrij Jaskin would put home a power play goal and Jani Hakanpaa added another to give Chicago a 3-2 lead midway through the second period. The visitors went up by two goals when Terry Broadhurst bet Ellis for a power play tally, giving the Wolves a 4-2 lead going into the third and final period.
Philip McRae added to the Chicago lead just over a minute into the final frame as he scored the Wolves’ third power play goal of the game. Pat Cannone scored over a minute later to seal the 6-2 win for the Wolves.
The Silver and Black outshot the Wolves 30-24 for the game. San Antonio finished the game 0-for-5 on the power play, while Chicago was 3-for-6 with the man advantage.
Binnington made 28 saves on 30 Rampage shots in the win. Ellis stopped 17 of the 23 shots he faced and backup goaltender Michael Houser stopped the only shot he faced in 17 minutes of action.
The Rampage will now hit the road and won’t return home until after Christmas. The Silver and Black will hit the ice on Thursday evening when they take on the Iowa Stars at 7 p.m. inside the Wells Fargo Center.