The San Antonio Rampage and Ontario Reign were the last two teams to post a 0 in the loss column. The Reign had never lost and the Rampage had only one loss, in overtime. Friday night was their first meeting.
The first period ended tied at 0 with both teams registering 12 shots on goal.
The Reign broke through first 9 minutes into the second. Nic Dowd picked up his first of the season with a sweet shot from the wing. Zach Redmond tied the game just under five minutes later. The score would stay there for the rest of the period.
Colin Smith put the Rampage up by one 8 minutes into the third on a power play goal. Justin Auger answered with his own power play goal at 16:33, tying the game again. That goal would send the game to overtime as neither team could post another one in the final three minutes.
Final shots were 37-28 in favor of the Reign. Both teams were 1 for 4 on on the power play. Overall, the teams were very evenly matched with neither team being able to shut the other down for long. We would love to see these two in a seven game series.
Impressive – Jeff Schultz. Not because of his offensive prowess, but more due to his calm on the ice. It helps to stabilize the rest of the team. It’s one of those intangibles that stats have yet to be able to quantify, but is notable to fans watching the game.
Elsewhere in the Division – Bakersfield traveled out to Texas to take on the Stars. The Condors took a 2-1 lead in the first and expanded it to 3-1 just two minutes into the second. Two goals in two minutes from the Stars just 30 seconds later erased that lead. Another goal with 3 minutes left in the second put the Stars up 4-3. The Stars would win the game 5-4, moving to fourth in the division with a 6-2-0-1 record. The Condors remain at the bottom with a 2-4-0-1 record.
Stockton and San Diego were also in action last night. The first period yielded no goals for either team. A power play goal by the Gulls with five minutes left in the second was answered by a short-handed goal from the Heat 1 minute later. Friberg put the Gulls up by one just 25 seconds after that and the teams closed the second with San Diego up 2-1. The Heat tied the game with four minutes left in the third to send it overtime and eventually the shoot-out. It was a goalie dual eventually lost by Stockton when Gillies let the fourth shot through. The Heat fall to 2-2-0-1 while the Gulls take third place with a 5-1-0-0 record.
The full gallery from Friday night’s game is on our home site.