BAKERSFIELD – The San Antonio Rampage kicked off their four-game road trip with a 5-4 loss to the Bakersfield Condors in front of 4,151 fans at Rabobank Arena on Thursday night.
The result for San Antonio will likely have Coach Eric Veilleux still searching an answer to the second period woes that continue to plague his team. Last Saturday’s season opener saw Ontario dominate the middle frame and that happened against in California on Thursday.
San Antonio opened the scoring early in the first period when Gabriel Bourque tipped home a pass off the stick of Klim Kostin at 8:04, beating Bakersfield net minder Eddie Pascuale. The Condors evened the score when forward Brad Malone slipped the puck past Rampage goaltender Ville Husso late in the period but the Rampage took back the 2-1 lead off Andrew Agozzino’s first goal of the season just before the period ended.
The second period belonged to the home squad as the Condors scored two goals in a five minute span. David Gust tied the game at two goals apiece when the banged home a rebound at 3:05 and Malone gave the Condors their first lead just two minutes later with his second goal of the night. Gust put Bakersfield up two goals with his second of the period at 11:32, but Samuel Blais brought San Antonio within 4-2 heading into the final frame.
The final stanza went scoreless until Bakersfield put the game out of reach with Patrick Russell’s shorthanded goal at 15:12 of the third period. Blais’ second of the game and third of the season would cut the deficit to 5-4, but San Antonio would run out of time.
San Antonio finished the game 1-for-4 on the power play, but their penalty kill stayed perfect as they stopped all five Bakersfield chances on the man advantage.
The Rampage were outshot 34-25 for the game, including 13-8 in the second period.
Three Stars of the Game:
- Brad Malone (BAK): 2 goals, 1 assists
- David Gust (BAK): 2 goals, 0 assists
- Patrick Russell (BAK) 1 goal, 0 assists
Special mention: Samuel Blais (SA): 2 goals, 1 assist.
- Game notes: San Antonio stay perfect on the penalty kill on the young season, stopping all five Condors chances on Thursday. Overall for the season, the Rampage are a perfect 8-for-8 on the penalty kill.
Up next: The Rampage are now 1-1-0-0 (2 points) on the season and will return to the ice when they travel to San Jose to face the Barracuda at 3:15 p.m. to continue their four-game road trip.