TONINATO, EAGLES PK EDGE RAMPAGE
LOVELAND, CO (Feb. 26, 2019) – Dominic Toninato scored two goals as part of a four-point night to lead the Colorado Eagles (25-22-4) to a 5-3 win over the San Antonio Rampage (25-25-5) on Tuesday night at Budweiser Events Center.
Ryan Olsen scored two power-play goals for San Antonio, the first Rampage player to score multiple power-play goals in a game this season. Jared Coreaumade 12 saves on 16 shots before being relieved by Ville Husso to start the third period. Husso stopped all five shots he faced in his return from a lower-body injury, seeing his first game action since Dec. 27.
Former Rampage forward Andrew Agozzino opened the scoring with the first of two shorthanded goals on the night for Colorado. At 8:07 of the first period, Agozzino beat Coreau on a 2-on-1 with a left-wing wrist shot for his 23rdgoal of the season, and his fourth on the year shorthanded, to make it 1-0.
The Rampage would strike twice before the end of the first period. Olsen netted his first of the game at the side of the net after wrapping the puck into the goal-mouth. After the puck rattled off several bodies in front, it rolled to Olsen for a tap in and his ninth goal of the season at 9:19.
At 15:16, Jordan Nolan redirected a shot from Niko Mikkola past Eagles goaltender Pavel Francouz for his 14thof the year to give the Rampage a 2-1 lead. Nolan has goals in three consecutive games.
The Eagles scored three goals in the second period to regain the lead. After a Rampage turnover at the Colorado blue line, AJ Greer and Toninato raced ahead on a 2-on-1. Greer fed Toninato in the right circle for his seventh of the year at 2:18 to tie the game 2-2.
Toninato struck again at 8:48 of the second, burying a David Warsofsky rebound for a 3-2 Eagles lead. With five seconds left in the second period, Toninato sprung Max McCormick into the offensive zone for a backhander past Coreau, his eighth of the season and Colorado’s second shorthanded goal, to make it 4-2.
The Eagles lead the AHL with 14 shorthanded goals this season.
Olsen brought the Rampage back within a goal with a one-timer from the hash marks that beat Francouz at 12:41. The Rampage comeback would be halted by Greer’s empty-net goal, his 14thgoal of the season, with 1:16 left to play.
Austin Poganskinotched two assists for the Rampage. He has four assists in his past three games.
The Rampage are 2-4-3 on the Rodeo Road Trip. They are 0-3-0 against the Eagles this season.
The Rampage and Eagles meet again at Budweiser Events Center on Wednesday night, the final game of San Antonio’s ten-game road trip. Puck-drop is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. CT, with the game available on the Ticket 760AM and on AHLTV.
Goals: Olsen (9,10); Nolan (14)
Jared Coreau: 12 saves on 16 shots; Ville Husso: 5 saves on 5 shots
Power Play: 2-for-7
Penalty Kill: 5-for-5
1) Dominic Toninato – COL
2) AJ Greer – COL
3) Max McCormick - COL