Rampage Take Point in Shootout Loss

Box Score | Game Notes

ABBOTSFORD, B.C (November 6, 2013) – Rampage forward Bobby Butler scored the game-tying goal late in the third period, but the San Antonio Rampage (4-6-0-1)  ultimately fell to the Abbotsford Heat (9-4-0-1), 3-2, on Wednesday night at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre.

The Rampage erased a two-goal deficit to take one point out of the back-to-back series against their divisional rival, who have won five straight and sit atop the Western Conference leader boards with 19 points.

Garrett Wilson and Butler provided the two goals for the Rampage and Dov Grumet-Morris made 22 saves on 24 shots in the defeat. Defenseman Colby Robak had a two-point night with assists on both goals, upping his total to five helpers in his last three games.

Entering the game, the Heat had cashed in on the power play in six straight games, but the Rampage held Abbotsford to 0-for-3 on the night with the man advantage. San Antonio outshot Abbotsford, 31-25, with every Rampage player other than rookie forward Logan Shaw firing at least one shot on Heat goaltender Joey MacDonald.

In similar fashion to Tuesday’s contest, Abbotsford took the lead at 11:38 of the first period, capitalizing on a failed clearing attempt by the Rampage. Blair Jones quickly jumped on the mistake, firing the puck at Grumet-Morris, and picking up the primary assist, as Ben Street slipped it past the San Antonio goalie for his second of the year.

Neither team was able to create much offense for the remainder of the period, both passing up early power-play chances, and the Heat skated into the first intermission with a 1-0 advantage.

Abbotsford took a 2-0 lead early in the second period, as Markus Granlund fed a centering pass to Ben Hanowski. Hanowski fired the puck high blocker over Grumet-Morris, and made it a two-goal game at just 2:35 of the middle frame.

The Rampage started the climb back with an excellent penalty kill early in the middle frame, and though they failed to cash in on the power play, San Antonio’s offensive push finally gained a bit of traction just past the midway point of the period.

Carrying the puck into the zone, Robak slid a pass to fellow defenseman Alex Petrovic, who fired it from the blueline. Wilson caught the pass in the high slot, and redirected it past MacDonald, cutting the Abbotsford lead in half at 12:00.

The tally was Wilson’s fourth of the year and his seventh point in the last five games (two goals, five assists).

San Antonio continued to pile on the offense, outshooting the Heat 15-8 in the second. But despite a few solid chances, Abbotsford clung to their 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

The offensive control finally paid off for the Rampage, as Robak fed Butler from down low with seven minutes left in the final period. Butler beat MacDonald glove-side to tie the game at 2-2.

Butler’s goal would prove to be the final of regulation and overtime wasn’t enough, as the teams went to a shootout, marking the first time this season the Rampage have played extra hockey.

Vincent Trocheck, Butler, Greg Rallo, and Jon Matsumoto were unable to beat MacDonald, and the two shootout markers of Street and Blair Jones gave the Heat the 3-2 decision over the Rampage.

The Rampage return to the Alamo City on Saturday night for the club’s fifth annual Face-Off Against Kids Cancer Night, presented by the Little Fighter Foundation. The Silver and Black will square off against the Oklahoma City Barons at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, which also marks a $1 Hot Dog and $1 Popcorn Night, presented by MAGIC 105.3.

Individual and season tickets 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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