The San Antonio Rampage closed out their annual Rodeo Road Trip last week with a 5-0 loss to Peoria last Friday and a 7-3 loss to Grand Rapids on Sunday, but were able to pull off a win Saturday night against with a 6-3 victory over the Griffins.
This past Saturday, the team finally returned to home ice and hosted their Military Appreciation night as well as the Chicago Wolves. After a scoreless first period, Greg Rallo tipped in Zach Miskovic‘s shot midway through the game for the first goal of the night. The Rampage held their 1-0 lead until Andrew Ebbett tied things up early in the third. Garrett Wilson set up Zach Hamill for the Silver and Black’s game winning goal minutes later. Goaltender Dov Grumet- Morris and the rest of the team skated off the ice in front of over 10,700 fans with a 2-1 victory and 2 more points under their belts.
With seven Ontario natives on the roster, this weekend’s contests in Toronto and Hamilton were two highly anticipated ones for some members of the team. Many of the Rampage players had family and friends in the crowd Friday night in Toronto and Saturday Night in Hamilton. The section behind the San Antonio bench Saturday night was full of proud parents cheering on their sons, which to me made for a certain “extra special” atmosphere.
After a 2-0 loss in Austin Wednesday night against the Texas Stars, the Rampage headed up to Toronto to face off against the Marlies. James Wright and Quinton Howden helped the Rampage get on the board first when they set up Jared Gomes for the first goal of the tilt. Ryan Hamilton tied the game for the Marlies before the opening period ended. The Marlies added two more goals in the second, and another goal in the third to give them a 4-1 victory over San Antonio.
The silver and black made their way down to Hamilton for the final game before the holiday break. The Bulldogs took a quick 1-0 lead just one minute into the game. When the puck dropped for the second period, so did the gloves. Eric Selleck and Kyle Hagel squared off to start the second period with a punch. Seconds after the fighting major penalties expired, the Bulldogs extended their lead to 2-0. Jon Rheault‘s goal midway though the second jumpstarted the Rampage’s offense. A late period power play goal by Greg Rallo evened the score heading into the final 20 minutes of play. Jon Sim and Rallo picked up the assists on the Rampage’s 3rd goal of the night, and second on the power play which was scored by Drew Shore. The Rampage sealed their victory with less than 4 minutes left in the game when Alex Petrovic notched his third goal of the season and put San Antonio ahead 4-2. Hoping to get back in the game, the Bulldogs pulled goaltender Cedrick Desjardins, but Casey Wellman put the puck into the wide open net. When the final buzzer sounded about a minute later, Dov Grumet-Morris along with the rest of the team and all of the Rampage fans in attendance celebrated the Rampage’s 5-2 victory and end of a six game winless streak. Read the rest of this entry
Over 10,000 screaming children and adults welcomed the San Antonio Rampage onto the ice Tuesday morning. The 10:30 am puck drop was in honor of the Rampage’s annual School Day tilt which was against the Houston Aeros this year. Houston got on the board first when David McIntyre got the puck past Dov Grumet-Morris and the Rampage defenders. A few minutes later, Alex Petrovic evened the score when he picked up his second goal of the season. Before the buzzer signaled the end of the first, Houston managed to pick up two more goals with Brett Bulmer netting his first of the season 11 minutes into the game and Jason Zucker scoring his 6th goal of the year on an Aeros power play 5 minutes later. The second period was another one filled with goals. The Rampage struck first with Jon Rheault tallying a short handed goal less than two minutes into the period. Casey Wellman evened the score once again halfway through the game. Houston scored two quick goals, just 33 seconds apart, minutes later to give them a 5-3 lead heading into the final period of play. Just like the previous period, Rheault got the scoring started again, tallying his 5th goal of the season 2 minutes and 49 seconds into the third period to bring the Rampage within one goal of tying the game again. McIntyre and Zucker both recorded their second goals of the contest to give Houston a 7-4 lead with just under 5 minutes to play. Quinton Howden‘s first professional goal came on a Rampage penalty kill during the final two minutes of play, unfortunately that wasn’t enough to catch the Aeros in this goal scoring frenzy of a game. Houston won by a final score of 7-5.
Jacob Markström got the start in goal on Thursday night when the Rampage headed north to Austin to take on the Texas Stars. After a scoreless first period, the Stars got their first goal of the night on the power play with Rheault in the box for slashing. Later on in the period Texas scored two more goals 90 seconds apart to bring their lead to 3-0. Cristopher Nilstorp was awarded second start of the game and the shut-out after stopping all 21 of San Antonio’s shots. Matt Fraser of the Stars was named the first star of the game for scoring the first two Texas goals. Read the rest of this entry
The San Antonio Rampage were back in action Friday night at the AT&T center for their first match-up against the Grand Rapids Griffins of the season. The Griffins got off to a two goal lead in the first half of the opening period with Brent Raedeke and Trevor Parkes getting the puck past Jacob Markström during the first nine and a half minutes of play. Tyson Strachan and Drew Shore set up Jon Rheault for his first goal as a member of the silver and black and cut the Griffins lead in half heading into the first intermission. Less than five minutes into the second period, Rheault found the back of the net again and tied the game on a Rampage penalty kill with Jean-Francois Jacques in the box for hooking. In the third, defenseman Mike Caruso and forward Scott Timmins set up Eric Selleck for the game winning goal with less than four minutes left in regulation to give the Rampage a 3-2 win.
Sunday night the Rampage took the ice to face one of the most talked about teams in the league- the Oklahoma City Barons. Making its AHL debut was the much anticipated Taylor Hall-Jordan Eberle- Ryan Nugent Hopkins line for the Barons. Both Dov Grumet- Morris and Oklahoma City goaltender Olivier Roy were solid in the first stopping a combined 18 shots. Midway through the second, Rheault and John McFarland set up Alex Petrovic on the power play for his first regular season AHL goal. The Rampage power play struck again late in the third period, this time when Stratchan and McFarland set up defenseman Colby Robak and made the score 2-0. The final buzzer sounded and thanks to solid defensive play the Rampage and Grumet-Morris shut out the Barons and improved their home record to 4-1. Read the rest of this entry
The San Antonio Rampage headed north to Illinois for a three game, two city road trip last weekend. The first stop was in Rockford to take on the Ice Hogs on Thursday Night. It didn’t take long for the first goal of the evening to get up on the board. Andre Deveaux netted his first goal as a member of the Rampage just 53 seconds into the contest. Quinton Howden and Drew Shore both recorded their third assists of the season on the goal. The score stood at 1-0 San Antonio until almost the 2nd intermission. With just 41 seconds left in the 2nd period and Howden in the box for high-sticking , Brandon Pirri scored his second goal of the season to even the score at 1 for the Ice Hogs. The game remained tied for the third period and the five-minute overtime period and the two teams headed to the shootout. Greg Rallo , James Wright, Casey Wellman and Drew Shore couldn’t manage to get the puck past Rockford’s goalie, Carter Hutton, during the four round shootout. Dov Grumet-Morris turned away shots from Jeremy Morin and Brandon Pirri, but Martin St. Pierre and Marcus Kruger were able to get their shots past Grumet-Morris to give the Ice Hogs the shoot out win.
Jacob Markström got the nod from head coach Chuck Weber Saturday night to start the game against the Wolves in the Windy City. Zack Kassian tallied his fourth goal of the season 38 seconds into the game, and Michael Davies netted another six minutes later to give the Wolves an early 2-0 lead. San Antonio was able to get a goal past Chicago goaltender, Eddie Läck, before the buzzer sounded to end the first period. Jean-Francois Jacques and Colby Robak set up Jared Gomes for his second goal as a member of the Silver and Black to cut the Wolves lead in half. A little over a minute in, Deveaux evened the playing field when he scored the Rampage’s second goal of the night on a power play. The remainder of the period was all Chicago. The Wolves added three goals to the scoreboard during the last five minutes of play in the second period to give themselves a comfortable 5-2 lead with 20 minutes left to play. When the game started up again, the Rampage’s offense seemed to as well. Drew Shore kicked off the period with a goal 50 seconds in on the power play with Andre Deveaux and Jason DeSantis picking up the assists. Five minutes later J-F Jacques and Tyson Strachan scored a minute apart from each other and added two more power play goals for San Antonio to re-tie the score at 5 goals a piece. With less than three minutes remaining in the game, Jordan Schroeder picked up the game winning goal for Chicago and gave the Wolves the 6-5 win. Read the rest of this entry