Wolves – 4
Rampage – 3
For the fifth time this season, and the fourth consecutive game, the Rampage needed some extra time to determine a winner. Danny Kristo’s OT winner 3:26 into the extra session would be the Wolves only lead of the game, and it was the only lead that mattered.
Maxim Noreau got the home crowd fired up 16:20 into the first period with a blast from the blue line on the power play. Hubert Labrie, playing in his first game as a member of the Rampage, and Mikko Rantanen picked up the assists.
Borna Rendulic would add to the lead with a beautiful effort just 14 seconds into the second period. After taking a pass from Chris Bigras at center ice, Rendulic bobbed and weaved through the Wolves defense, splitting the final two, and beat Jordan Binnington with a beautiful individual effort goal.
The two goal lead wouldn’t last, though, as Chicago would come back and score two goals–one each from Jordan Schmaltz and Yannick Veilleux–in the next eight minutes, and the second period would finish tied 2-2.
Halfway through the third, Colin Smith and Rendulic hooked up on a nice 2-on-1 and Smith beat Binnington with a wrister from the high slot, giving the Rampage a 3-2 lead with under 10 minutes to go. But as we’ve seen multiple times this season, a hockey game is 60 minutes long, and in the 59th minute, Chicago would again even the score with Binnington watching from the bench as Jeremy Welsh banged in a rebound on a scramble in front.
After some huge stops from Pickard in the opening minutes of OT, and a good chance for Rendulic to end it, Kristo would get some space near the right circle and beat the Rampage netminder high over his glove side to end it and send 6,194 fans home disappointed.
- Danny Kristo
- Jeremy Welsh
- Borna Rendulic
Postgame Sights and Sounds
Head Coach Dean Chynoweth
Rampage Defenseman Maxim Noreau
What it Means
The Rampage, by virtue of earning the OT point, still sit atop the Pacific Division with a .812 points percentage and remain the lone AHL team without a loss in regulation.
The Rampage travel up to Cedar Park to take on the Stars tonight, before heading back for a Sunday showdown with these same Wolves.