GULLS COMPLETE COMEBACK TO TOP RAMPAGE
SAN DIEGO, CA (Feb. 23, 2019) –Sam Carrick and Adam Cracknell led a three-goal third period for the San Diego Gulls (29-16-6) on Saturday night at Pechanga Arena, as the Gulls completed the comeback with a 5-4 victory over the San Antonio Rampage (25-24-5).
The Rampage held a 2-0 lead in the second period and a 3-2 lead in the third, but they could not hold on as they fell to 2-3-3 on the Rodeo Road Trip.
Mitch Reinke notched an assist for his 34thpoint of the season, tying the franchise record for points in a season by a rookie defenseman. Keith Yandle recorded 34 points as a rookie during the 2006-07 season. Reinke leads all AHL rookie defensemen in scoring.
With the Rampage leading 3-2, former Rampage forward Ben Street bounced a pass between the circles for Carrick, who lifted a shot past Jared Coreau to tie the score with his 27thgoal of the season at 6:37 of the third.
At 10:45, the Gulls took their first lead when Kevin Roy’s left-wing shot created a rebound that Cracknell finished for his 12thof the season to make it 4-3.
Justin Kloos added an empty-net goal at 18:40 to make it 5-3. With 20 seconds remaining, Chris Thorburn brought the Rampage back within a goal with a one-timer from the slot for his second goal of the season. Jordan Nolan had a final chance in the closing seconds, but his shot from the right circle missed the net wide.
The Rampage opened up a 2-0 lead in the second period with a pair of power-play goals exactly two minutes apart. With Jack Kopacka in the box for four minutes for high-sticking, Ryan Olsen wrapped a puck to the front of the net for his eighth goal of the season at 7:57. At 9:57, on another power play, Nolan beat Gulls' goaltender Jeff Glass from just above the goal line in the right-wing corner for his 13thof the year.
The Gulls struck back with two goals 15 seconds apart to tie the score. At 15:47 of the second, a Rampage turnover from behind the net found Roy in front and he beat Coreau for his first goal of the season. At 16:02, Simon Benoit slid a shot along the ice from the left-wing boards that handcuffed Coreau and slid inside the left post for Benoit’s second of the year, tying the game 2-2.
San Antonio regained the lead at 1:03 of the third when Trevor Smith forced a turnover at the Gulls line and created a 2-on-0, with Bobby MacIntyre finishing for his sixth goal of the season.
The Rampage have five power-play goals over the last two games.
The Rampage continue their road trip on Tuesday with their first ever visit to Budweiser Events Center to face the Colorado Eagles. Puck-drop is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. CT, with the game available on the Ticket 760AM and on AHLTV.
Goals: Olsen (8); Nolan (13); MacIntyre (6); Thorburn (2)
Jared Coreau: 19 saves on 23 shots
Power Play: 2-for-3
Penalty Kill: 1-for-1
1) Kevin Roy – SD
2) Sam Carrick – SD
3) Adam Cracknell - SD