San Antonio Rampage fall to Charlotte on last second goal

By: Stephen Whitaker

Lady fortune was not kind to the San Antonio Rampage on Wednesday night against the Charlotte Checkers. After falling behind 2-0 in the first period the Rampage got two goals from Mikko Rantanen in the third period to tie the score only to see the Checkers skate away with the 3-2 win thanks to a goal with just seven and a half seconds left in regulation.

“It wasn’t a very good first two periods,” Rampage Head Coach Dean Chynoweth said. “(We) Played 19 minutes and 56 seconds of a 60 minute game and put ourselves in position to get a point.”

The Rampage were outshot 30-22 on the night. In the first two periods the Checkers outshot the Rampage 21-8. Despite their barrage on net the Checkers only managed two goals through the first 59:52 of the game. Both of those came within forty seconds of each other in the first period. After that San Antonio’s goalie Calvin Pickard held his own and kept the Rampage in the game.

The San Antonio offense woke up in the third period. Rantanen got the first goal with 3:17 elapsed in the third period and then scored the tying goal with 14:46 elapsed in the period.

“We have to keep going,” Rantanen said. “It was a hard last shift for us, they scored with seven seconds left and its hard to score after that. We just have to go for tomorrow.”

San Antonio (11-6-6-0) will have another home game on Thursday against Stockton. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“You want to win at home,” Rampage center Colin Smith said. “Right now its not happening for us. We have to use our speed and if the play isn’t there just funnel it to the net.”

Following the game against Stockton on Thursday the Rampage will close out the home stand on Sunday afternoon against the Texas Stars. Puck will drop in that one at 4 p.m.

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