SAN DIEGO (Feb. 26, 2016) – The San Antonio Rampage (23-25-8-0) fell in their fifth contest against the San Diego Gulls (26-20-1-2), losing 5-1 in front of 9,585 in Valley View Casino Center. The Rampage were only outshot 38-37, but Joey Hishon’s acrobatic goal in the second period wasn’t enough to spark a comeback.
San Diego’s barrage of goals began early in the first stanza when a shot from Chris Mueller rebounded off San Antonio’s Reto Berra and landed at the feet of Ondrej Kase, who casually slid it past Berra for the tally. The early San Diego goal didn’t bode well for the Rampage as the Gulls were 20-0-0-1 when scoring first entering the game. San Diego extended their lead with 21 seconds remaining in the period on a 5-on-3 power play opportunity. The Gulls’ power play unit fluidly moved the puck around until they found an open backdoor shot on Berra, and San Antonio trailed 2-0 after the first 20 minutes.
The Rampage cut into the lead in the fourth minute of the second period when Hishon made an impeccable turn-around snapshot from the faceoff circle. With momentum shifting towards San Antonio, San Diego stopped the rally with a goal of their own nearly three minutes later. San Diego moved the puck into the Rampage zone and hit a trailing Shea Theodore for an uncontested shot, giving Theodore his sixth of the season and extending the Gulls’ lead to two. San Diego bagged a fourth goal at the 14:31 mark from Kyle MacKinnon, and a fifth goal in the third period from Nic Kerdiles.
Berra finished the game with 33 saves on 38 shots in his third consecutive start. San Diego found success on the power play, netting two power play goals on three opportunities. The Rampage’s seventh-ranked power play unit went scoreless on their three chances with the man advantage.
After missing Tuesday’s game due to illness, Joey Hishon returned to the lineup and netted his 12th goal of the season. Hishon finished the night with one goal, five shots and a +1 plus/minus rating.
Outside of the defensive pairings, the Rampage lines were drastically different than Tuesday night’s contest against the Bakersfield Condors. Mikko Rantanen, Hishon, and Reid Petryk skated on the Rampage’s first line, while Andrew Agozzino, Nick Drazenovic, and Andreas Martinsen composed the second line. Michael Schumacher moved down to the fourth line to skate with Sam Henley, and Patrick Bordeleau, while Reto Berra made his third start between the pipes.
Up next for the Rampage is a Saturday night showdown against the Bakersfield Condors at 9:00 p.m. (CT), which will be the second game of a 3-in-3 for the Silver and Black. San Antonio will spend the remainder of their Rodeo Road Trip in California and return home on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. against the Manitoba Moose, which will be Military Appreciation Night, presented by On Time Elmer. Season tickets for the 2016-17 campaign are on sale now. For more information, call a Rampage representative at 210-444-5554 or visit sarampage.com.