The San Antonio Rampage (43-20-5-1) clinched their fourth playoff berth in franchise history and reclaimed the top spot in the Western Conference with a 5-4 win over the Adirondack Flames (32-28-6-2) in front of 6,654 at the AT&T Center Thursday night. The win, San Antonio’s 43rd of the season, sets a new franchise record for wins in a season and extends the Rampage’s winning streak to a franchise-high nine games.
Corban Knight, in his first game against his former team since being acquired by the Florida Panthers in a Jan. 9 trade, led the Silver and Black with two goals, earning the First Star of the Game. Quinton Howden added a goal and an assist, and Jesse Blacker finished with two helpers.
A first-period goal from Mark Mancari, who converted off a cross-ice pass from Brett Olson for his 13th tally of the season, gave the Rampage an early 1-0 lead. David Wolf scored on the power play to even the game at one at 5:19, but Wade Megan got the lead back for the Silver and Black, scoring off an Adirondack turnover to put San Antonio up 2-1 at the first intermission.
Less than two minutes into the second period, Corban Knight punched the puck past Doug Carr to give San Antonio a 3-1 lead. Wolf picked up his second of the night to bring Adirondack within one at the end of the frame.
San Antonio opened the third-period scoring, as Knight gave the Rampage a 4-2 lead at the 4:11 mark, notching his second of the night for his first multi-goal game of the season.
Logan Shaw’s centering pass to the tape of Quinton Howden near the midway point of the period resulted in a goal, which was Howden’s second of the season and gave the Silver and Black a 5-2 lead.
Mathieu Tousignant added a shorthanded goal to make it 5-3 at 14:04, and Ken Agostino scored with just over a minute remaining to bring the Flames within one, but that would end Adirondack’s comeback bid, as the Rampage took the 5-4 victory.
San Antonio outshot the Flames 37-24, including a 15-6 margin in the opening period.