The San Antonio Rampage kicked off their annual Rodeo Road Trip early this week with the American Hockey League’s first non-holiday Monday game of the season. Scoring began in Houston a little over seven minutes in to the opening period when Greg Rallo and Andre Deveaux set up Zach Hamill on the power play, for his first goal with San Antonio. The Rampage added to their lead early in the second when Hamill and Jonathan Hazen assisted on San Antonio’s second goal of the evening by Brendon Nash. Minutes later, the Aeros recorded a power play goal of their own to bring themselves within one. Back-to-back goals by Jed Ortmeyer early in the third gave the Rampage a 4-1 lead with just under 15 minutes to play. Chad Rau made the score 4-2 shortly after Ortmeyer’s second goal, but Mike Santorelli scored his first goal for the silver and black which was a short-handed. The team flew out of Houston with a 5-2 victory under their belts and headed to Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Rampage faced off against the Charlotte Checkers Saturday night for the first round of a two game series. Jared Staal got the puck past Jacob Markström midway through the first to kick off the scoring for the contest. Minutes later, Scott Timmins picked up his first point since coming back from injury when he assisted on Rallo‘s shorthanded goal at the 13 minute mark. The score remained tied at 1 after a scoreless second period, but San Antonio built up a 2 goal lead in the third courtesy of Deveaux and Garrett Wilson. Zac Dalpe brought the Checkers within one, but Markström and the rest of the Rampage were able to maintain their lead and win the team’s third straight game.