Despite getting out to an early start, the San Antonio Rampage couldn’t pull out the victory Wednesday night as they fell 5-4 in the shootout at the hands of the Iowa Wild.
The Wild found themselves in early penalty trouble, sending the Rampage to a 5-on-3 early in the first period. Vincent Trocheck capitalized on the man advantage by beating Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper for the 1-0 lead just 2-minutes into the game.
Colby Robak would re-gain the lead for the Rampage at the halfway mark of the period as he beat Kuemper for his third of the season, putting San Antonio up 2-1 after 20 minutes.
Steven Kampfer would tie the game just over seven minutes into the second frame as he beat Markstrom to make it 2 all. That would be short lived as defencemen Ryan Whitney would tally his second goal as a member of the Rampage on the powerplay just 2 minutes later.
With just under three minutes remaining in the period, Jason Zucker would tie up the game as he sent a puck past Markstrom on the powerplay. However, the Rampage were determined to take the lead into the second intermission as Steve Pinizzotto tallied his 5th goal of the season, just 14 seconds later off the faceoff to make it 4-3 San Antonio after 40 minutes.
Just over the half way mark of the third, Markstrom got the Rampage into penalty trouble as he got called for a tripping minor at 13:53. Markstrom could not make up for the call as Brian Connelly found the back of the net for the Wild just 25-seconds into the man-advantage to knot the game up at 4.
Neither team managed to score with 5-minutes remaining in regulation, so both teams found themselves heading to overtime. However, neither team managed to score in the extra period either, so they were off to the shootout.
In the shootout, Jason Zucker put the Wild ahead 1-0 on the first shot for the wild. Drew Shore would respond on the Rampage’s second attempt. The next 10 shooters were denied by the goaltenders until Tyler Graovac beat Markstrom in the 7th round to give the Wild the shootout win.
Markstrom turned aside 28 of 32 shots in the loss for the Rampage, Kuemper stopped 44 of 48 for the Wild to pick up the win.
The Rampage will travel to Vancouver where they will face off against the Abbotsford Heat on Friday evening, Meanwhile, the Wild will stick around in Texas where they will face off against the Stars Friday night.