9,117 ear-piercing fans filled the AT&T January 10th when the Rampage hosted the Iowa Wild in a game that featured 11 goals, 83 shots taken and four power plays.
San Antonio Rampage defenseman Joshua McFadden acquired his first career Gordie Hawe Hatrick – one goal, one assist and one fight in a 8-3 route of the Wild.
“I’m starting to feel really comfrotable,” McFadden said. “My game here is to just play simple and to help out on the scoresheet is great.”
Left wing Garett Wilson added one goal and two assists for the Rampage.
The Wild took an early 1-0 lead when forward Zach Mitchell scored in the 48th second of the first period.
Rampage Josh McFadden and Mark Mancari answered with goals of their own which gave the Rampage a 2-1 lead. Nonetheless, the Wilds’ Matt Dumba responded at 19:02 when they scored on a power play goal. Forty seconds later the Wilds’ right wing Marc Hagel scored to give the Wild a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period.
“Our coach said that we were going to probably come off to a slow start,” McFadden said. “Once we got our legs, we were fine and had a great game.”
After the Rampages’ sluggish start the scored two goals in the second period, one of them being a power play. They maintained a 4-3 lead going into the final period of play.
The Rampage lifted their lead when Jesse Blacker and Logan Shaw scored, the lead was 6-3. The Rampage controlled the tempo of the game and the Wilds’ frustration showed on the ice.
At 15:54 the Wilds’ Curt Cogol and McFadden engaged in a fight which led to McFaddens Gordie Hawe Hat Trick.
“I wouldn’t call myself a fighter but it is awesome to contribute and if I have to fight that’s great,” McFadden said.
The Rampage continued to roll Steven Kampfer scored a power play goal at 16:20 and Brett Olsen scored the final goal at 19:48.
The Rampage 121 goals this season leads the entire AHL. The Rampage seek to win their third straight game as they host Toronto Marlies 4:oo P.M. January, 11th in the AT&T Center.