The San Antonio Rampage (11-18-1-5) fell at home against the Oklahoma City Barons (13-18-0-3) 5-2 on Friday, Jan. 3 at the AT&T Center.

The woes continued for the Rampage, as their struggling form this season continued.

The Rampage opened the game with a strong first period, outshooting the Barons 12-11 and capitalizing on the power play opportunities.

Rampage defensemen Ryan Whitney scored his third goal of the season in the tenth minute of play, with assists coming from center Vincent Trocheck and right-winger Bobby Butler.

San Antonio dominated the pace of play in the first, having multiple opportunities to increase the lead.

Unfortunately, the Rampage lead was short-lived, with the Barons equalizing in the sixth minute of play to tie the game 1-1 at the end of the first period.

Thirty seconds into the second period the Barons took the lead off of a power play, and never looked back.

Oklahoma City outshot San Antonio 16-12 in the second period, creating more opportunities and ultimately took advantage of the power play chances the Rampage afforded them.

At the end of the second period the score was 2-1 in favor of the Barons.

In the third period, the Rampage would pull within one goal after center Wade Megan scored from superb assist play by defensemen Matt Gilroy, and left winger Garrett Wilson.

San Antonio outshot Oklahoma City 11-9 in the third period, but failed to stop giving away penalties.

The Rampage afforded the Barons two costly power plays in the third period, with Oklahoma City using both to increase their lead.

Ultimately, the Rampage fell at home to the Barons 5-2, with their coach visibly frustrated after the loss.

“At some point they (the players) got to grow up. They got to grow up and start acting like professionals and stop pouting and whining about every little thing,” Rampage Head Coach Tom Rowe said after the game.

The Rampage team focus seemed to fall off towards the end of the game, allowing Oklahoma City easy chances to increase their lead from poor penalties.

“We just got to keep playing the guys who want to play. Some of the guys take advantage of it and some of them don’t, ” Rowe said after the game when asked about his team’s play.

With the coach frustrated and player’s spirits down, the Rampage will need to focus and find the energy to compete with still more games left to play as the season toils on.

“I can’t make too many changes. We’re here to develop. I’m just going to keep playing the guy’s who want to play. The guy’s who want to play will get the ice and the other’s will sit until they figure it out,” a frustrated Rowe said after the game.

The Rampage will have an opportunity to turn things around in a big way as they take on the Western Conference second placed Abbotsford Heat (23-11-1-1) at home on Tuesday, Jan 7.The San Antonio Rampage (11-18-1-5) fell at home against the Oklahoma City Barons (13-18-0-3) 5-2 on Friday, January 3 at the AT&T Center.

The woes continued for the Rampage, as their struggling form this season continued.

The Rampage opened the game with a strong first period, outshooting the Barons 12-11 and capitalizing on the power play opportunities.

Rampage defensemen Ryan Whitney scored his third goal of the season in the tenth minute of play, with assists coming from center Vincent Trocheck and right-winger Bobby Butler.

San Antonio dominated the pace of play in the first, having multiple opportunities to increase the lead.

Unfortunately, the Rampage lead was short-lived, with the Barons equalizing in the sixth minute of play to tie the game 1-1 at the end of the first period.

Thirty seconds into the second period the Barons took the lead off of a power play, and never looked back.

Oklahoma City outshot San Antonio 16-12 in the second period, creating more opportunities and ultimately took advantage of the power play chances the Rampage afforded them.

At the end of the second period the score was 2-1 in favor of the Barons.

In the third period, the Rampage would pull within one goal after center Wade Megan scored from superb assist play by defensemen Matt Gilroy, and left winger Garrett Wilson.

San Antonio outshot Oklahoma City 11-9 in the third period, but failed to stop giving away penalties.

The Rampage afforded the Barons two costly power plays in the third period, with Oklahoma City using both to increase their lead.

Ultimately, the Rampage fell at home to the Barons 5-2, with their coach visibly frustrated after the loss.

“At some point they (the players) got to grow up. They got to grow up and start acting like professionals and stop pouting and whining about every little thing,” Rampage Head Coach Tom Rowe said after the game.

The Rampage team focus seemed to fall off towards the end of the game, allowing Oklahoma City easy chances to increase their lead from poor penalties.

“We just got to keep playing the guys who want to play. Some of the guys take advantage of it and some of them don’t, ” Rowe said after the game when asked about his team’s play.

With the coach frustrated and player’s spirits down, the Rampage will need to focus and find the energy to compete with still more games left to play as the season toils on.

“I can’t make too many changes. We’re here to develop. I’m just going to keep playing the guy’s who want to play. The guy’s who want to play will get the ice and the other’s will sit until they figure it out,” a frustrated Rowe said after the game.

The Rampage will have an opportunity to turn things around in a big way as they take on the Western Conference second placed Abbotsford Heat (23-11-1-1) at home on Tuesday, Jan 7.

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