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The San Antonio Rampage (27-28-1-16) continued their March struggles with a 3-2 loss to the Oklahoma City Barons (30-23-2-7) at theAT&T Center on March 23.

Despite a promising first period where the Rampage scored two early goals, the Barons stormed back with an aggressive offensive attack, netting two goals in the second and a final goal in the third to complete thecomeback win.

The Rampage looked to be headed in a winning direction with goals from Gomes and John McFarland. Heading into the secondperiod, the Barons had only six shot attempts all stopped by Rampage goalie Dov Grumet-Morris.

The pace of the game changed in the second period as Oklahoma City pelted San Antonio with 14 shots and scored on a goal by defenseman Taylor Fedun (5) and a power play goal from left winger Philippe Cornet (11).

With a 2-2 tie heading into the third, the Rampage had few opportunities to win the game as they were outshot 13-5 for the period. The Barons would capitalize on a Gomes tripping penalty that allowed Toni Rajala to score a second straight power play goal for Oklahoma City that put them ahead for good.

San Antonio had one last chance when the Barons’ Fedun was called for a delay of game penalty with only 59 seconds left. The Rampage pulled Grumet-Morris togain a 6-4 man advantage but failed to tie the game.

Oklahoma City finished the game with a 33-18 shot advantage and killed all three of San Antonio’s power play chances. The win puts the Barons in a three-way tie for the 8th seed in the western conference with 69 points.

The Rampage is now 1-3-0-1 in their last five games and sits eight points out of the last playoff spot.

San Antonio now hosts the Rochester Americans (34-25-3-1) who are second in the North Division. The Rampage were held from a victory over the Americans in their only meeting this season with a 4-2 win in November.

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