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The San Antonio Rampage earned a point in the standings after falling 3-2 to the Peoria Rivermen in overtime on Friday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,069 fans at the AT&T Center. The Rampage claim a 38-30-4-3 record good for 83 points in a tight West Division race.
The Rivermen opened the scoring just 1:11 after the initial puck drop when left wing Nicholas Drazenovic scored a shorthanded goal for a 1-0 lead. Drazenovic received the puck in the neutral zone after a Rampage turnover and skated into the slot where he shot the puck under the right leg padding of San Antonio netminder Matt Climie.
After a scoreless second period, Peoria took a 2-0 advantage on the power play when Drazenovic scored his second of the night on a shot from the point that went low stick side of Climie.
The Rampage responded just 17 seconds later when right wing Eric Neilson netted his first goal of the season. Neilson got his stick on Jeff May’s shot from above the left faceoff circle to tip it over the right shoulder of Peoria goaltender Jake Allen for a 2-1 score. Rylan Galiardi provided the additional helper giving him his first professional point.
San Antonio evened the score to 2-2 on center Bracken Kearns’ 20th goal of the season. Chris Summers’ shot from the right point was blocked in the slot where Kearns was able to pick up the loose puck and backhand a shot over Allen 13:11 into the third period.
Neither team was able to light the lamp before the end of regulation sending the game into overtime.
At the 3:36 mark of the extra frame, Peoria defenseman Derek Peltier scored the game winner on his shot from the left crease that found a small gap in the upper left corner of the net giving the Rivermen the 3-2 victory.
Climie made 27 saves on 30 Rivermen shot attempts while Allen turned aside 29 of 31 Rampage shots.
The Rampage return to the ice on Saturday night when they host the Peoria Rivermen for the second part of a back-to-back home series at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center.