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Wolves trumped 2-1 by Mancari and Rampage

December 7, 2014

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — In the Chicago Wolves’ first trip to Texas this season, the team was given a rude welcome by the San Antonio Rampage and former forward Mark Mancari as the visitors were edged 2-1 Sunday evening at the AT&T Center.

 

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — In the Chicago Wolves’ first trip to Texas this season, the team was given a rude welcome by the San Antonio Rampage and former forward Mark Mancari as the visitors were edged 2-1 Sunday evening at the AT&T Center.

Right wing Shane Harper scored the lone tally for the Wolves (13-9-3-0), who dropped their third straight game, all of which came on the road and all by one goal. Netminder Matt Climie (7-6-2) made 23 saves in the effort.

The Rampage (14-6-2-0) wasted no time as they opened scoring 2:37 into the game. Left wing Quinton Howden released a shot from the left wall that was tipped in by defenseman Shane O’Brien as he crashed the crease. The puck trickled through Climie’s pads to give San Antonio the 1-0 lead early in the contest.

Harper evened the score at 12:29 to round out the fast-paced first period, which featured a combined 29 shots on goal. The winger buried it on a power play to complete a sequence that saw Dmitrij Jaskin receive a pass from the point and send it to Philip McRae in front of the net, who blindly passed it to Harper in an empty shooting lane near the faceoff dot.

Chicago again found itself playing catch-up after Mancari put the Rampage back in front in the second period. The former Wolves forward, who spent parts of two seasons (2011-12, 2013-14) with the team, picked up the puck behind the net and snuck it inside the post on a wraparound five minutes into the middle frame.

San Antonio goaltender Dan Ellis (9-4-1) made several key saves against the Wolves, thwarting 31 of 32 shots on the night.

The Wolves face off in a rematch against San Antonio on Tuesday before returning home to host the Adirondack Flames at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, for the team’s first School-Day Game of the season. To pick up the holiday season’s best deal — the Howliday Pack that includes a knit hat, scarf, commemorative puck and Gameworks play card – call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.

RAMPAGE 2, WOLVES 1

Chicago 1 0 0 — 1

San Antonio 1 1 0 — 2

First Period—1, San Antonio, O’Brien 5 (Howden, Kampfer), 2:37; 2, Chicago, Harper 8 (McRae, Jaskin), 12:29 pp. Penalties—Bordson, Chicago (roughing), 4:24; Wilson, San Antonio (hooking), 4:24; O’Brien, San Antonio (slashing), 4:43; Zanon, San Antonio (crosschecking), 10:44; Racine, San Antonio (boarding), 15:38; Jaskin, Chicago (diving/embellishment), 15:38; Bench, Chicago (delay of game), 15:38.

Second Period—3, San Antonio, Mancari 6 (Shore, Brickley), 5:05. Penalties—O’Brien, San Antonio (high-sticking), 6:32; Butler, San Antonio (hooking), 10:57.

Third Period—None. Penalties—Veilleux, Chicago (crosschecking), 3:10; Grimaldi, San Antonio (tripping), 4:12; Veilleux, Chicago (boarding major), 14:13; Veilleux, Chicago (game misconduct), 14:13; Beach, Chicago (10-minute misconduct), 17:12; Shore, San Antonio (tripping), 19:52.

Shots on goal—Chicago: 15-10-7—32; San Antonio: 14-3-8—25. Power plays— Chicago 1-6; San Antonio 0-3. Goalies—Chicago, Climie (23-25); San Antonio, Ellis (31-32). A—4,834. Referee—Garrett Rank. Linesmen—Fred Hudy and Carl Sasyn.