The Rampage Report: February 23, 2013

The San Antonio Rampage celebrate a victory (Photo by Amanda Land).

The San Antonio Rampage celebrate a victory (Photo by Amanda Land).

The San Antonio Rampage completed the most recent leg of their Rodeo Road Trip last weekend with three games against the Milwaukee Admirals, Peoria Rivermen, and the Chicago Wolves. Friday night, the Rampage took the ice against the Admirals at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Early in the opening period of play, Quinton Howden netted his 10th goal of the season with the game’s first goal. Mattias Ekholm scored the equalizer for Milwaukee later on in the period, but Mike Santorelli regained San Antonio’s lead with a power play goal a couple of minutes after that. With one minute remaining in the first period, Jed Ortmeyer tallied the Rampage’s second power play goal of the period to give the team a 3-1 lead heading into the first intermission. Taylor Beck and the Admirals scored the lone goal of the second period to cut the silver and black’s lead in half. Midway through the third, Garrett Wilson made the score 4-2 in favor of San Antonio. However, two back-to-back goals during the final minute of play by Chris Mueller tied the game and sent the two teams to overtime  where halfway though the extra five minutes of play the Admirals picked up the extra point with a goal from Mike Moore.

Following the game in Milwaukee, the Rampage headed to Illinois to take on the Peoria Rivermen on Saturday. Peoria tallied the first goal midway though the first when the Rampage were short handed. Jared Gomes netted the Rampage’s first goal of the evening shortly before Zach Hamill added a power play goal for San Antonio to give the Rampage the lead. Before the buzzer ended the second, Derek Nesbitt got the puck past Dov Grumet-Morris to even the score heading into the final period of play. Hamill and Nesbitt both recorded their second goals of the tilt during the final 20 minutes of the game to send the two teams into over time. After a scoreless overtime period, the teams headed to a shootout where San Antonio emerged the victors after Santorelli and Hamill netted the only two goals of the shootout.

Overnight the silver and black traveled North East to Chicago for Sunday’s match up against the Wolves. Midway though the first Chicago picked up the first goal of the night on the power play to give them the early 1-0 advantage. Santorelli set up Jon Rheault for his 16th goal of the season during the final minute of play in the first period to tie the game. On the power play early in the second, Brendon Nash gave the Rampage a 2-1 lead on a power play opportunity  However that 2-1 lead was short-lived when Chicago found a way to pick up three goals over the next five minutes of play. Later in the second, Scott Timmins  brought the Rampage back into it with his 8th goal of the season. Gomes and the Rampage tallied the only goal of the third to send the game into overtime and eventually a shootout. Once again, the Rampage would score the only two goals of the shootout thanks to Hamill and Rheault this time around.

The Rampage (23-23-1-4) currently are tied for 12th place with the Peoria Rivermen in the American Hockey League’s Western Conference. San Antonio will head back to Peoria for a game on Friday Night before traveling to Grand Rapids for back-to-back games against the Griffins on Saturday and Sunday for their final leg of the Rodeo Road Trip. Four more points is all San Antonio needs this weekend in order to top their .681%  record setting Rodeo Trip winning percentage from last season.

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