SAN ANTONIO, Tex - The San Antonio Rampage edged the Oklahoma City Barons 2-1 Saturday night at the AT&T Center. Michal Repik scored a first period goal, and the two teams traded second period goals with Evan Barlow scoring the winning goal at the tail end of the frame.
Dov Grumet-Morris was solid in net, stopping 26 of the 27 shots he faced, including a game-saving glove save late in the second stanza. On a high shot, he raised the glove high over his head and snagged the puck out of the air. His one blemish came 13:30 into the period, as Tanner House stuffed in a loose puck from the left side of the crease.
In the first period, the Rampage came out with a purpose, outshooting the Barons 7-1.Their effort paid off nine minutes into the period, as Repik found himself on a breakaway. After Wacey Rabbit chipped the puck towards him, Repik took control, deking to the left around David LeNeveu. He then shot the backhand over LeNeveu for the goal.
“That’s my favorite move,” Repik said. “I had two breakaways last night and I didn’t score.”
“[Repik] gets so many scoring chances. He had four great chances tonight,” Rampage head coach Chuck Weber said. “He had two breakaways last night and the third time was the charm.”
It was Repik’s third goal of the season at the AHL level.
With just 18 seconds remaining in the second period, Bill Thomas had possession of the puck in the right corner. He sent a pass to the slot, where Evan Barlow was camped out. He one-timed it past LeNeveu to put the Rampage up 2-1. It turned out to be the difference in the game.
“Thomas did a good job of getting in on the forecheck on his own shot and found me behind the defenseman who had his stick up,” Barlow said. “The goalie was turned to the corner. It was a bang play and lucky to go in the net.”
“Thomas is a really good player and he’s got great vision. I think he saw me from the blue line in. I think he’s got eyes in the back of his head,” Barlow said.
Barlow started the season with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL, and was signed to a PTO a couple of weeks ago. The goal was his second in seven games with the Rampage.
The teams split their home-and-home. The AHL’s best Barons took last nights game 1-0.
San Antonio stays at home to take on the Houston Aeros Tuesday night. Coming into Saturday’s game, they sat just four points out of the eighth seed in the conference, but with just a 10-12-0-0 record, they still have a long way to go to be a playoff team. Reinforcements should come soon, as the Florida Panthers are beginning to return to health. Players like Bracken Kearns, Tim Kennedy, and Mark Cullen should return to the Rampage in the coming days and weeks.
CAT BYTES (SAN ANTONIO STYLE):
Nolan Yonkman missed the game with an undisclosed injury. He was a last minute scratch after suffering the injury yesterday in Oklahoma City.
Despite playing back-to-back home-and-home games, both teams played disciplined hockey. Oklahoma City had three penalties, while the Rampage committed just two infractions.
8,290 filled the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Saturday. The arena is also home to the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs.
- Evan Barlow
- Michal Repik
- Dov Grumet-Morris