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SAN ANTONIO SLIPS BY HOUSTON AEROS 2-1 IN OVERTIME
Aeros Return home Jan. 1 to Host OKC
Houston, TX – The Houston Aeros (16-10-2-3, 37 points) were defeated by the San Antonio Rampage (12-17-0-4, 28 points) 2-1 in overtime on Saturday night in front of 6,887 fans at the AT&T Center. Rampage right wing Greg Rallo scored 50 seconds into overtime, giving his club the dramatic overtime win. San Antonio goalie Dov Grumet-Morris (4-6-2) stopped 29 of 30 Houston shots, including 14 shots in the second period of play, preserving the victory. Houston goalie Matt Hackett (12-9-3) stopped 25 of 27 in the overtime defeat. Center Mikael Granlund scored the lone Houston goal, as the team fell to 6-6-1-1 on the road this season. Houston returns home for a 5:05 p.m. game at Toyota Center with the Oklahoma City Barons on Tuesday, Jan. 1.
San Antonio capitalized on its first power play of the game, late in the first period off a holding call to Aeros defenseman Brian Connelly. The Rampage strung together a few quick passes, ending with Jon Sim scoring his fifth goal of the season at 18:43. Sim finished off a centering feed from Drew Shore, lifting a one-timer past Matt Hackett for the 1-0 San Antonio lead.
After a scoreless second period, Houston tied the game 1-1 at 13:36 third period. Center Mikael Granlund rifled a shot from the left wing, banking the puck off the skate of Rampage defender Nolan Yonkman. The shot bounced past goalie Dov Grumet Morris for Granlund’s eighth goal of the year. Defensemen Brian Connelly and Chay Genoway each had an assist on the five-on-three power-play goal.
The two teams skated to overtime tied 1-1, but San Antonio scored in the first minute of the extra session. Right wing Greg Rallo scooped up the puck off the end boards in the Houston zone and slipped it past Hackett for the game-winning goal. Rallo’s 12th goal of the season was set up by Drew Shore for the 2-1 final.
The Aeros will host the Oklahoma City Barons at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1. The game marks the beginning of a three-game home stand to ring in the New Year. The Aeros will host Texas at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4 and San Antonio at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5. Houston rounds out next weekend with a 5 p.m. faceoff on Sunday, Jan. 6 at Texas.
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