The Chicago Wolves opened scoring with a power-play goal, but couldn’t find the back of the net again, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Rampage at the AT&T Center Friday night.
Left wing Nigel Dawes scored the only goal for Chicago (25-21-2-3).
The Wolves got on board 8:40 into the game with a power-play strike when Dawes backhanded the puck from the top of crease past San Antonio goaltender Matt Climie.
Climie (17-11-0) recorded 37 saves for San Antonio.
San Antonio (29-18-2-0) tied the score, 1-1, on the power-play when defenseman Garrett Stafford fired a shot through traffic, beating Chicago goaltender Peter Mannino 12:08 into the middle frame.
Left wing Mikkel Boedker took a feed at the doorstep and slid the puck into the empty side of the net to give San Antonio a 2-1 lead, 16:50 into the second period.
The Rampage brought their lead to 3-1, 3:58 into the final frame with another power-play goal when Boedker blasted a shot from the point past Mannino, stick side.
Mannino (12-11-2) stopped 18 shots in the loss.
San Antonio right wing Brett MacLean closed out scoring, 4-1, with an empty net goal.
The Wolves play their final game before the All-Star break against the Oklahoma City Barons at Cox Convention Center on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Chicago 1 0 0 — 1
San Antonio 0 2 2 — 4
First Period—1, Chicago, Dawes 22 (Machacek, Postma), 8:40 pp. Penalties—Watkins, San Antonio (high-sticking), 7:19; Bench, San Antonio (too many men), 14:26.
Second Period—2, San Antonio, Stafford 10 (Boedker, Ebbett), 12:08 pp; 3, San Antonio, Boedker 11 (Ebbett, MacLean), 16:50. Penalties—Bench, Chicago (delay of game), 1:37; Ebbett, San Antonio (tripping), 3:53; Davies, Chicago (high-sticking), 11:34; Valabik, Chicago (tripping), 12:03; Yonkman, San Antonio (boarding), 20:00.
Third Period—4, San Antonio, Boedker 12 (MacLean, Stafford), 3:58 pp; 5, San Antonio, MacLean 18 (Brine), 19:47 en. Penalties—May, San Antonio (cross-checking), 2:04; Haydar, Chicago (interference), 2:38; Garbutt, Chicago (boarding), 3:17; Valabik, Chicago (interference), 4:27; Welch, Chicago (roughing), 5:25; Pope, San Antonio (tripping), 9:26.
Shots on goal—Chicago: 17-9-12–38. San Antonio: 7-11-4–22. Power plays—Chicago: 1-6. San Antonio: 2-7. Goalies–Chicago, Mannino (18-21). San Antonio, Climie (37-38). A—14,339. Referee—Jon McIsaac. Linesmen—Paul Wilkinson and Fred Hudy.