SAN ANTONIO---The Chicago Wolves fell behind less than five minutes into the game and never recovered, despite a three-goal third period rally as they fell, 6-3, to the San Antonio Rampage at the AT&T Center Friday night.
Forwards Jamie Hunt (2G) and Darren Haydar (2A) each notched multiple-points, while right wing Spencer Machacek potted the other marker for Chicago.
Trailing 5-0 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game, Chicago (0-1-0-0) rattled off three goals in a 1:56 span. Hunt kicked off the scoring while on the power-play at 10:47 of the final frame. Haydar held the puck in the far circle and found Hunt alone in the high slot whose shot went through the five-hole of Rampage goaltender Matt Climie.
Hunt pocketed his second power-play marker of the game just 32 seconds later when his one-timer from the blue line beat a screened Climie.
Machacek brought the Wolves within two when he took a pass from center Jared Ross and beat Climie stick side from the slot at 12:43 but the Rampage netminder shut the door the rest of the way.
Climie turned aside 26 shots in the victory for San Antonio (1-0-0-0).
The Rampage opened scoring 4:54 into the game when defenseman Garrett Stafford picked up a loose puck in the high slot and wristed a shot past Chicago goaltender Drew MacIntyre, top shelf.
San Antonio pushed its lead to 2-0 when right wing Matt Beaudoin held the puck in the far circle and sent a pass through the crease, which deflected off the stick of MacIntyre and trickled over the goal line.
The Rampage extended their lead to three at 19:48 of the middle frame. While on the power-play, right wing Viktor Tikhonov fired a shot from the near circle which was stopped by MacIntyre but the rebound squirted out to the slot where Mikkel Boedker flipped a shot top shelf.
Beaudoin scored his second tally of the night on a wrap around at 2:06 of the third period to inch the Rampage ahead, 4-0.
Defenseman Chris Summers made the lead five when he collected a rebound at the side of the crease and deposited the puck into the empty net at 4:34 of the final frame. Left wing Ryan Hollweg would close scoring for the Rampage when he roofed a shot over MacIntyre at 17:57.
MacIntyre (0-1-0) posted 25 saves in the loss.
The Wolves travel to Oklahoma City for a meeting with the expansion Barons at the Cox Center on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Chicago 0 0 3 -- 3
San Antonio 2 1 3 -- 6
First Period---1, San Antonio, Stafford 1 (Beaudoin), 4:54; 2, San Antonio, Beaudoin 1 (Hollweg, Kearns), 6:47. Penalties---Sifers, Chicago (fighting), 1:22; Kearns, San Antonio (fighting), 1:22.
Second Period---3, San Antonio, Boedker 1 (Tikhonov, Stafford), 19:48 pp. Penalties---Pettersson, Chicago (hooking), 1:06; Sifers, Chicago (fighting), 8:29; Neilson, San Antonio (high-sticking, fighting), 8:29; Rissmiller, Chicago (high-sticking), 19:41
Third Period---4, San Antonio, Beaudoin 2 (Kearns, Hollweg), 2:06; 5, San Antonio, Summers 1 (Ebbett), 4:34; 6, Chicago, Hunt 1 (Haydar, Deveaux), 10:47 pp; 7, Chicago, Hunt 2 (Haydar, Krog), 11:19 pp; 8, Chicago, Machacek 1 (Ross), 12:43; 9, San Antonio, Hollweg 1 (Beaudoin, Staffford), 17:57. Penalties---Collins, San Antonio (interference), 9:12; May, San Antonio (roughing) 10:47; McKenzie, Chicago (tripping), 18:19; Holzapfel, Chicago (roughing), 18:56; Ebbett, San Antonio (roughing) 18:56; Aliu, Chicago (slashing), 20:00.
Shots on goal---Chicago: 6-12-11--29. San Antonio: 13-10-8--31. Power plays---Chicago: 2-3. San Antonio: 1-4. Goalies--Chicago, MacIntyre (25-31). San Antonio, Climie (26-29). A---8,043. Referee---David Banfield. Linesmen---Fred Hudy and Carl Sasyn.