McKenzie, Tynan Lead Wolves Past Rampage
ROSEMONT, IL - Curtis McKenzie netted two goals and TJ Tynan recorded four assists to guide the Chicago Wolves (37-19-7) to a 6-2 victory over the San Antonio Rampage (27-31-6) on Saturday night at Allstate Arena.
The line of Tynan, McKenzie, and Keegan Kolesar combined for three goals and nine points for the Wolves, who increased their lead atop the Central Division to three points.
Mitch Reinke and Jordan Nolan scored for the Rampage, and Jared Coreau made 20 saves in a losing effort.
Gage Quinney opened the scoring on Chicago's first shot of the game, a breakaway goal at 5:27 of the first period for his 16th of the season.
The Wolves added four more in the second period, starting with Kolesar's 14th of the season at 3:41 on a wrist shot off the rush from the left circle. McKenzie made it 3-0 at 7:01, completing a shorthanded 2-on-1 with his 15th of the season off a Tynan feed. It was the seventh shorthanded goal surrendered by the Rampage this season.
At 9:43 of the second, Tobias Lindberg dumped the puck into the Rampage zone. As Coreau went to retrieve it, the puck hit a crack in the boards and bounced in front of the wide-open net for an easy finish by Tye McGinn, his sixth goal of the year making it 4-0.
Reinke got the Rampage on the board at 10:37 of the second, ripping a wrist shot from the high slot past Chicago goaltender Oscar Dansk for his 11th of the season. Reinke has five goals in the past seven games, and he is three goals shy of tying the Rampage franchise record for goals in a season by a defenseman (14, Garrett Stafford - 2010-11).
At 12:09, McKenzie notched his second of the game, a deflection of a spin-around feed from Tynan in the high slot to make it 5-1. Nolan got the Rampage back within three just 41 seconds later on a delayed penalty with a slap shot through Dansk's legs from the top of the right circle, Nolan's 16th of the year.
Brooks Macek capped the scoring for Chicago at 14:06 of the third period, firing a power play one-timer from the left circle past Coreau following a cross-ice feed from Tynan for his 26th. Tynan has nine points in his last five games.
The Rampage have lost five in a row and seven straight on the road.
The Rampage return home to open a six-game homestand when they welcome the Grand Rapids Griffins to the AT&T Center on Tuesday night. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT, with the game available on the Ticket 760AM and on AHLTV.
RAMPAGE STATS: Goals: Reinke (11); Nolan (16) Jared Coreau: 20 saves on 26 shots Power Play: 0-for-2 Penalty Kill: 1-for-2
THREE STARS: 1) Curtis McKenzie - CHI 2) TJ Tynan - CHI 3) Keegan Kolesar - CHI
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