Rampage Fall to Griffins in Shootout
SAN ANTONIO, TX - Austin Poganski scored his ninth goal of the season early in the third period to force overtime but Chris Terry scored the only goal of the shootout, as the Grand Rapids Griffins (35-18-10) outlasted the San Antonio Rampage (27-31-7) for a 2-1 shootout win on Tuesday night in front of 5,250 fans at the AT&T Center.
Jared Coreau made 22 saves in the loss and stopped two of three shootout attempts.
The Rampage were dealt their first shootout loss of the season, snapping a streak of nine consecutive shootout wins that dated back to Oct. 20, 2017.
Poganski, Jordan Kyrou, and Joey LaLeggia were all stopped in the shootout by Griffins goaltender Harri Sateri, who has stopped all 11 shootout attempts he has faced this season. Coreau denied Dominic Turgeon and Matt Puempel before Terry lifted a backhander under the bar in the bottom of the third round.
Puempel opened the scoring for the Griffins at 3:33 of the first period with a power play slapshot from the left circle for his 24th goal of the season. The goal snapped a streak of 129:30 since the Griffins had last scored at the AT&T Center, after the Griffins were shut out in each of their first two visits this season.
Poganski responded for the Rampage, finding the rebound of a long wrister by Jordan Schmaltz and sliding the puck through Sateri's legs at 1:19 of the third period. Poganski had an opportunity to end the game in overtime when he stripped forward Filip Zadina of the puck and broke in alone on Sateri, but Sateri turned him aside with an acrobatic diving save.
The teams each had only 12 shots over the first two periods.
Poganski was 3-for-3 in the shootout this season prior to his miss against Sateri. The Rampage became the last Western Conference team to suffer a shootout loss.
San Antonio has at least a point in 18 of the last 19 games at the AT&T Center, going 15-1-3 over that span. San Antonio is winless in the last six games overall (0-5-1).
The Rampage continue their home stand on Saturday night when they welcome the Chicago Wolves to the AT&T Center. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT, with the game available on the Ticket 760AM and on AHLTV.
Goals: Poganski (9)
Jared Coreau: 22 saves on 23 shots; 2 saves on 3 shootout attempts
Power Play: 0-for-3
Penalty Kill: 3-for-4
Chris Terry - GR
Matt Puempel - GR
Harri Sateri - GR
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