ROSEMONT, Ill. – The San Antonio Rampage’s special teams powered them to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Wolves Saturday night at the Allstate Arena, snapping their 13-game home win streak.
The loss was all too familiar for the Wolves as the Rampage won the first meeting between the St. Louis Blues’ AHL affiliates on November 11, 2-1 as well.
Griffin Reinhart opened the game’s scoring halfway through the first when his wrister beat all Rampage players on ice en route to the net, including Rampage goaltender Ville Husso.
The Wolves took three penalties in the game’s opening frame, and it was only a matter of time until the league’s 15th-ranked road power play would make them pay. Pay they did, when former Wolves player Andrew Agozzino tipped the puck into a barely-there opening between Kasimir Kaskisuo and the goalpost to tie it at one.
San Antonio’s special teams would continue to shine in the second period, with Reid Petryk taking advantage of a shorthanded 4-on-1 rush to go bar down for the go-ahead goal at 8:31 of the sandwich stanza.
“We made a really poor decision in the offensive zone – a whole play. We gave up what might’ve been a 4-on-1 and it’s ridiculous and it’s crazy,” said head coach Rocky Thompson. “It’s not something we normally do, but it was a really bad decision and it ended up in the back of our net.”
The visitors carried the 2-1 lead into the final frame, and Husso was able to save all ten shots faced to give his team the win. Kaskisuo to the bench for the extra attacker with two minutes left was not enough for the home team to extend its home win streak – or even salvage a point.
Husso made 30 saves in the loss, while Kaskisuo made 20.
Chicago went 0-for-5 on the power play, including 3:35 of extra man time in the third, which could have tied the game for the home team.
“I thought they [the power-play units] had some good movement, stuff like that,” said Wade Megan. “We had our chances – give credit to them, their penalty kill and Husso, they played well. They kept the puck out of the net, so tip your hat to them.”
Though the Wolves finished with nine more shots than the Rampage, the visitors produced better chances and were backstopped by stellar goaltending according to Rocky.
“I thought he [Husso] played really well. I thought in the third we did a better job of getting in front of him, getting some traffic there, which was what we wanted to do, but he was good. We had a 4-on-1 – we didn’t hit the type of shot they did where it was off the bar and in, but Husso made a great save coming across on a good executed play by us as well.”
With the loss, the Wolves move to 25-17-6-2 on the season. The Cleveland Monsters are back in town Sunday for a 3 p.m. puck drop at the Allstate Arena. As always, be sure to follow @SinBinWolves on Twitter for current news and game updates.