Box Score | Game Notes
CHICAGO, Ill. (October 12, 2013) – The San Antonio Rampage (1-2-0-0) fell to the Chicago Wolves (2-1-0-0), 3-1, tonight in the team's first road game of the season.
Jed Ortmeyer scored the lone goal for the Rampage, while Corey Locke, Ty Rattie, and Mark Mancari netted the goals for the Wolves in the team’s Home Opener at Allstate Arena. Saturday’s game was the second meeting between the two teams this year, with Chicago claiming victories in both contests.
The defeat marked the first time this season that the Rampage have been outshot, as the Wolves held a slight edge, 32-31. Chicago also became the first team to score while on the power play against the Rampage, going 1-for-6 with the man advantage.
Neither team was able to light the lamp in the first period, much to the credit of Rampage goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris and Wolves netminder Jake Allen. With six minutes to go in the third, Dmitrij Jaskin of the Wolves let one rip from the circles, but Grumet-Morris went sprawling in the crease to keep the game deadlocked at zero.
Chicago’s best chance came just a minute after, when a Rampage turnover allowed Pat Cannone to get a shot through traffic. Grumet-Morris robbed the Chicago center with another solid save, and although the Wolves had four power-play chances in the opening frame, the Rampage netminder continued to stand tall through the remainder of the period.
The Wolves opened the second period with 1:42 remaining on a carryover penalty on the Rampage. Chicago quickly made good on the man advantage, as center Corey Locke scored his second of the season at 1:10 of the second period.
Locke’s power-play goal was his second against the Rampage this season and his 12th tally against San Antonio in 16 career games against the Silver and Black.
Rampage defenseman Jonathan Racine had his first professional fight six minutes into the second period when he dropped the gloves with Chicago’s Tyler Shattock. Racine spent four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and amassed 374 penalty minutes while playing for the Shawinigan Cataractes and the Moncton Wildcats.
Shortly after the tilt, Chicago extended their lead. Evan Oberg rifled a shot from the top of the left circle, and the puck found its way past Grumet-Morris on a Rattie tip in. The tally, putting the Wolves up 2-0, marked Rattie’s first professional goal.
Not to be deterred, San Antonio answered 38 seconds later. Bobby Butler’s initial shot was turned away by Allen, but Ortmeyer cashed in on the rebound, cutting the Wolves’ lead in half. Drew Shore was also credited with an assist for the Rampage.
Though San Antonio had a late power-play opportunity, they were unable to cash in and left the ice at the second intermission trailing, 2-1.
Mancari added a goal to complement his assist on the score sheet at 1:22 of the third. Mancari sprang free on breakaway that widened the gap and put Chicago ahead by two once again.
Both teams had an opportunity to showcase their special teams late, but Mancari’s tally proved to be too big a hole for the Rampage and the visitors fell, 3-1.
The Rampage went 0-for-4 on the power play, and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill. San Antonio is now 12-for-13 on the kill and 2-for-15 on the power play through three games.
Saturday’s tilt was the 500th AHL game for defenseman Mike Mottau, and featured the Rampage debuts of Joey Crabb and Denny Urban, as well as the return of Shore, who started last season with the Rampage but was recalled to the Panthers midway through the season.
The Rampage will look to split the weekend series with the Wolves tomorrow (Sunday) at Allstate Arena. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m.
The Silver and Black return home to the AT&T Center on Friday, Oct. 18, for the first game in a home-and-home with their instate rivals, Texas Stars. The game will also mark the team’s second-annual College Night and a KZEP / Bud Light Dollar Drink Night.
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.