Rampage Top Condors in Overtime 4-3
The second stanza was quiet until a strong forecheck by Joey Hishon forced a Condors turnover in their own zone. Hishon showed his finesse, juking Eetu Laurikainen out of his skates to pick up his 13th of the season. San Antonio had a 5-on-3 man advantage late in the second period, but failed to convert and entered the second intermission tied at two.
Bakersfield took the lead for the third time when Anton Slepyshev sent a pass from his knees to Philip McRae in front of the net. McRae finished the pass for the Condors’ third goal of the night, but the Rampage refused to fall. The Silver and Black continued to pepper the net and eventually put one in when Rantanen tipped a rocket from Maxim Noreau in the 17th minute, forcing overtime. Both teams battled back and forth in the fast-paced 3-on-3 hockey until Agozzino landed the game winner. firing a bullet past Kaurikainen on a breakaway with 20 seconds remaining.
Reto Berra finished the night with 22 saves on 25 shots and held the Condors to one power play goal on five opportunities. The Silver and Black had five opportunities with the man advantage but failed to find the back of the net.
Andrew Agozzino’s overtime-goal serves as his first game-winner in the 2015-16 season, and kept the Condors winless in overtime games. The Ontario native finished the night with three points and a +3 plus/minus ratio…Hishon recorded his 100th AHL point with his 13th goal of the season.
The Rampage lines were mixed up after their 5-1 loss to the San Diego Gulls. San Antonio’s first line consisted of Agozzino, Rantanen and Petryk, while Hishon shifted to the second line to anchor Garrett Thompson, and Borna Rendulic. Troy Bourke made his return to the Silver and Black after a short stint with the Fort Wayne Komets.
The Rampage will conclude the 2015-16 Rodeo Road Trip with a Sunday afternoon contest against the Stockton Heat at 6 p.m. (CT) in Stockton Arena. San Antonio will 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.