Rampage Split Weekend Home-And-Home, Fall 3-1 To Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY - The San Antonio Rampage (10-10-0-1) fell to the Oklahoma City Barons (9-10-0-3) at the Cox Convention Center, 3-1, on Saturday night, splitting the weekend home-and-home series with their West Division rival. Despite the defeat, the Rampage still have the advantage through the first seven games against the Barons (4-3-0-0).
Defenseman John Lee scored the lone Rampage goal in the defeat and earned the Third Star of the Game for his efforts. Lee now has three goals on the season - all of which have come on the road.
Rampage goaltender Jacob Markstrom stopped 23-of-25 shots and Bobby Butler's assist on Lee's goal marked his eighth point in seven games against the Barons this year.
The Rampage had the edge in shots on the night, 31-26, and have outshout their opponents in 11 of the last 14 games, along with reaching the 30-shot plateau in 10-straight games.
The first period began much like it did on Friday night, with power play opportunities for both teams but neither team was able to cash in. After six-straight games of exiting the first 20 minutes without a goal, Matt Ford opened the scoring for Oklahoma City in the first period, netting his fifth of the season at 16:35.
Picking up a great feed in front of the net from Curtis Hamilton, Ford buried it above Markstrom's right shoulder, putting the home Barons up, 1-0. The tally would stand as the buzzer sounded and the Rampage went into the first intermission trailing the Barons for the first time in the seven games between the two teams this season.
The Barons had an early chance in the second period with the man advantage, but the Rampage's penalty kill continued its dominance. The Barons best opportunity came just before the power play opportunity, as Linus Omark had Markstrom beat, but Rampage captain Greg Rallo slid into the crease, batting the puck away to deny Omark's bid.
Lee notched the game at 1-1 at 8:52 of the second period. The second-year defenseman joined the rush and capitalized on a pass from Butler. Lee collected the puck in the high slot and fired a shot that beat Barons goalie Laurent Brossoit high. Butler and Eric Selleck were awarded the helpers on Lee's marker.
After a goal and an assist in the matchup on Friday night, Anton Lander continued his scoring prowess as he gave the Barons the lead just 2:03 into the final frame with Omark and Andrew Miller collecting the assists.
San Antonio's best chance came late in the third period, as Brossoit gave up a rebound that bounced directly to the stick of Jon Matsumoto. The Rampage forward took a quick shot, but the Oklahoma City goalie didn't make the same mistake twice.
A late penalty took some precious time away from the Rampage, but even with a successful kill and Markstrom pulled for an extra skater, Ford notched his second of the night, hitting the empty net and icing the game in favor of the Barons, 3-1.
The Rampage went 0-for-2 on the power play, which marked the first time in the first seven games between the two clubs that the Rampage have failed to cash in at least once on the power play. Oklahoma City was 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
The Silver and Black return to the Alamo City for a weekday game against the Iowa Wild on Wednesday at 7 p.m., before traveling north to Abbotsford for a weekend series against the Heat on Dec. 6-7 to kick off a four-game road trip. 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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