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San Antonio, Tex. – Despite tying the game early in the third period, the Rockford IceHogs (14-22-4-3) were overwhelmed by a late four-goal barrage in a 6-2 loss to the San Antonio Rampage (19-20-4-0) Wednesday night at the AT&T Center.
The third period proved decisive, as the Rampage erased Rockford’s rally to avoid a third straight overtime game with the Hogs. Brandon Mashinter began an initial comeback when he deflected home an Erik Gustafsson power-play shot to even the score, 2-2, but the tie game proved short lived.
Just 2:14 later, Felix Girard raced in on a breakaway, knocked his own rebound off the post and Rocco Grimaldi finished off the play by sending the ensuing rebound over the goal line. The play set off a string of four unanswered goals for San Antonio, with Ried Petryk, Matt Clark, and again Grimaldi each finding the net in the Rampage’s 6-2 victory.
Rockford netted its early goal when Michael Latta and Mark McNeill combined to set up Spencer Abbott in the opening period for Abbott’s team-leading ninth goal. Latta’s helper marked his first IceHogs point in his team debut tonight.
The IceHogs concluded their four-game road trip at 1-2-1-0.
Next Home Game: Friday, January 27 vs. the Iowa Wild (19-19-4-1) at 7 p.m. The first 1,000 fans 21 years and older will receive a cooler backpack courtesy of Bud Light. A Blue Flame Lounge Pre-Game Party will kick off Friday night at 5:15 p.m. and includes free appetizers and happy-hour specials. The meeting marks the fifth matchup of the season, with each team recording two victories thus far in the series.