RAMPAGE TAKE DOWN BARONS, 4-2
By Cassie Gage,
The San Antonio Rampage scored three unanswered third period goals to down the Oklahoma City Barons 4-2 Friday evening at the Cox Convention Center. The Barons (18-16-2-3) out-shot the Rampage, 48-24. It was the most shots on goal by Oklahoma City in a game this year.
Oklahoma City dominated the opening period, peppering San Antonio goaltender Jacob Markstrom with 19 shots on goal. It was the most shots in a period this season for the Barons. The Barons had a physical presence throughout the period, controlling the puck in its own offensive zone for much of the period. The Barons defense stood strong as starting goaltender Olivier Roy only saw two shots on goal during the first period.
Tyler Pitlick, Mark Arcobello and Taylor Fedun all had chances against Markstrom but were unable to find the back of the net. Just as the Barons’ second power play chance of the period expired, Pitlick centered a pass to Ryan Martindale who was all alone in the crease and put home his first career AHL goal at 7:45. Eric Lizon had a breakaway chance and Chris VandeVelde added some opportunities but Oklahoma City was unable to extend the lead at the first intermission.
The Barons stretched the shots on goal lead to 34-12 at the end of the second but gave up a shorthanded goal just five minutes into the period.
Jon Rheault managed to get in and put the puck behind Roy at 5:00 to even the score 1-1. Arcobello had eight shots on goal through the first two periods, and VandeVelde just trailed him with six.
Roy came up with several saves to start the third period and Lizon had a prime scoring chance on Markstrom at the other end before the Barons persistence resulted in another goal.
Kristians Pelss took the puck from behind the net and found Toni Rajala on the inner edge of the right faceoff circle. Rajala roofed the shot over Markstrom to give the Barons a 2-1 lead at 3:35.
Just as the Barons’ fourth power play opportunity of the night ended, Martindale had a rebound attempt chipped just high of the goal. Moments later, Quinton Howden scored his ninth goal of the season on a breakaway attempt to pull the score back even 2-2 at 9:33.
San Antonio took its first lead of the night at 14:42 of the third as Alex Petrovic’s shot hit off the goal post and trickled in to give the Rampage a 3-2 lead.
Pelss got a partial breakaway late and the Barons pulled Roy with just over a minute and half remaining but Greg Rallo added the empty-net goal at 19:40 to secure the 4-2 win.
The Barons and Rampage meet Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT inside the Cox Convention Center.
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