The San Antonio Rampage faced the Oklahoma City Barons in Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals earlier tonight. Here’s a quick recap of the game… without all of the fluff.
Rampage: 1 Barons: 2
- Rampage goaltender Dan Ellis made his second start of the series, and forward Kyle Rau played in his first professional playoff game
- The Rampage had lost six straight playoff games (all against OKC), and they have not won a game in 3 weeks (both entering tonight)
- Shane O’Brien returned from his 1-game suspension to replace Jesse Blacker, who was a healthy scratch for San Antonio
- San Antonio raised their West Division champions banner to the rafters before the game
- Richard Bachman started for Oklahoma City
- The Rampage goal scorer was Dylan Olsen
- The Barons’ goal scorers were Kellen Jones and Jujhar Kairah
- The first goal, which was scored by the Barons’, did not come until the end of the 2nd period
- San Antonio went on the powerplay with under 6 minutes remaining in the 3rd, but failed to convert
- Both teams were 0 for 3 on the powerplay
- Ellis made 36 saves on 38 shots, and Bachman saved 35 of 36
- The Rampage were outshot 16-5 in the first period
- Vincent Trocheck skated in following an Oklahoma City turnover 5 minutes into the 3rd, but was denied by Bachman, who also stopped an O’Brien deflection shortly after.
- Dan Ellis stretched all the way out to make a save late in the 3rd before heading to the bench for the extra skater
- Dylan Olsen tied the game for the Rampage with under a minute to go in the 3rd with the extra attacker following a scrum in front of the net
- Jujhar Khaira scored the OT GWG for Oklahoma City on a rebound.
- OKC swept the Rampage and eliminated them from playoff contention, and they’ll now move on to the Western Conference Semifinals.
- This was the fourth straight playoff OT loss for the Rampage, all of which were to the Barons.
This loss marks the end of the Rampage’s season, and the end of their affiliation with the Florida Panthers. Starting next season, the Panthers’ new AHL affiliate will be the Portland Pirates.