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Game Recap: Chicago Wolves vs. San Antonio Rampage

ROSEMONT, Ill. – A Saturday night showdown put the 5th place San Antonio Rampage against the 6th place Chicago Wolves in a match-up that could very well shape the playoff picture in the Western Conference. The Wolves came into the game after a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Rockford IceHogs, while the Rampage are still in the thick of a four-game road trip.

DottyGoalThe Wolves got on the board early as right winger Jacob Doty put a rebound shot in the back of the net just six minutes into the game. The Rampage, however, netted the equalizer with just five minutes remaining in the period, thanks to a slapshot by Rampage defender Maxim Noreau. The Wolves dominated for most of the period, taking 11 shots on goal to San Antonio’s 5, but the score was tied 1-1 heading into the second.

The second period was not nearly as productive as the first, as both teams shot the puck very well, but neither could put a score on the board. The closest either team came to notching the go-ahead goal was with two minutes remaining in the period when a would-be goal for the Wolves was overturned by the replay official after closer review showed that the puck never crossed the line. Wolves goaltender Pheonix Copley and Rampage goaltender Calvin Pickard both notched second-period shutouts after allowing a goal each in the first period.

The third and final period began with much less energy, but that fire was rekindled at the seven minute mark when Rampage right winger Dennis Everberg put the puck in the back of the net for his team as he took advantage of some poor defensive play from Chicago and turned it into a goal; however, he was not about to be outdone, as teammate Trevor Cheek took a beautiful pass from Borna Rendulic and turned it into the Rampage’s third goal of the game. Colin Smith scored on an empty net with 23 seconds remaining in the game, but the San Antonio victory was never in doubt.

San Antonio’s extraordinarily-productive third period would prove to be Chicago’s Achilles heel, as the three third-period goals scored by the Rampage would be the deciding factor. Tonight’s loss puts the Wolves further behind in this increasingly difficult Western Conference, while the win pushes San Antonio higher in the standings.

The Chicago Wolves get an opportunity to avenge tonight’s loss to the Rampage tomorrow afternoon in Rosemont. After that, the Wolves will play host to the Manitoba Moose, while the Rampage play the third game of their road trip in a Friday night tilt with the Rockford IceHogs.



One Comment

  1. Jack Lowe

    November 30, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Tough loss, but I know the Wolves will bounce back. Once again, Pecoraro’s writing made me feel like I was there. Great stuff!

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