Rampage Drop 6-3 Decision to Chicago

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SAN ANTONIO  (April 2, 2013) – The Rampage (29-31-1-6) fell behind early and were unable to pull off a comeback, as San Antonio dropped a 6-3 decision to the Chicago Wolves (33-24-5-4) on Tuesday night in front of 5,025 fans at AT&T Center. 

Anthony Luciani, Zach Miskovic and Scott Timmins scored for the Rampage, who looked to mount a third period comeback after entering the final frame trailing 5-1.

The defeat snapped a nine-game winning streak against Chicago, including the playoffs, that stretched back to Jan. 15, 2010. The Wolves are also the only Midwest Division team to defeat the Rampage at AT&T Center this season. Prior to the game, San Antonio had rattled off seven-straight wins at home against Midwest Division foes.

The two teams combined to score four goals in just over the first four minutes of the game. Chicago’s Zach Kassian struck first just 13 seconds into the contest and Ludwig Blomstrand tallied his first American Hockey League goal in only his second game at 2:53 to give the Wolves a 2-0 lead.

Luciani cut Chicago’s lead in half when he lit the lamp at 3:25 in his first game of the season for San Antonio after being recalled from Cincinnati on Tuesday afternoon.  Rampage rookie John McFarland also collected an assist on the goal.

Chicago tacked on two more goals to hold a 4-1 lead after 20 minutes. Wolves forward Andrew Gordon lit the lamp at 4:02 of the first period and defenseman Brad Hunt followed suit at 13:30 of opening frame.

The four goals allowed by the Rampage in the first period was the most the team has surrendered in a single frame this season. The five combined goals in the period matched a season high, which also came against Chicago on Feb. 17 in the second period.

The Wolves added to their lead at 6:37 of the second period when Brett Sterling lit the lamp off a cross-ice pass.

Rampage netminder Brian Foster, who entered the game in relief of Dov Grumet-Morris in the first period, made several highlight-reel saves in the middle frame, including several while the Wolves were on the power play midway through the period.

Timmins made it a 5-2 game when he intercepted a pass at the blueline in the defensive zone and charged in on Wolves goaltender Matt Climie. Timmins pulled a smooth forehand-to-backhand deke before depositing the puck into the top of the net.

The Rampage cashed in again when Miskovic bombed a shot from the point that deflected off a Wolves defender at 8:22 of the third period while on the power play. Miskovic was traded from the Wolves to the Rampage on Feb. 14 and has recorded 11 points and a plus-5 rating in 19 games for San Antonio.

The Rampage continued to press in the third period looking to make it a one-goal game, but their efforts were turned aside by Climie. Darren Haydar closed out the scoring on the night with an empty-net goal at 18:13 of the third period.

Chicago won the shots battle, 34-31, and went 0-for-2 on the power play, while San Antonio was 1-for-4 with the man advantage. The Rampage have cashed in on the power play in 13 of their last 19 games and have gone 17-for-76 in that span.

The Rampage travel to Houston on Thursday night for a 7:05 p.m. tilt against the Aeros before returning to AT&T Center on Friday night for meeting with the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. on a KZEP Dollar Drink Night. Tickets for all remaining Rampage home games start at $10 and can be purchased at the AT&T Center Southeast Box Office, by calling a Rampage representative at 210-444-5554 or online at sarampage.com.

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