The Rampage Report: December 17, 2012
It was a rare 11:05 am start for the San Antonio Rampage as they hit the ice Tuesday morning to take on the Houston Aeros at the Toyota Center in Houston. The two goaltenders were fairly solid during the first period, with the lone goal of the period belonging to Kris Foucault and the Aeros. The Aeros maintained momentum throughout the first intermission and added another goal 36 seconds into the second period to increase their lead to 2-0. With less than a minute left in the second period, Alex Petrovic and Colby Robak managed to set Greg Rallo up for his 10th goal of the season which brought the Rampage within one. The score stood at 2-1 in favor of Houston until the final seven minutes of play when Nick Palmieri ,David McIntyre, and Jarod Palmer were all able to fire shots past Jacob Markström giving the Aeros a 5-1 win.
Friday Night the Rampage paid a visit to Oklahoma City to face off against the Barons. After a scoreless first half of the opening period, Jordan Eberle got the scoring started for the Barons after taking advantage of a blunder made by the Rampage. Before the period came to a close, Taylor Hall and Colten Teubert added goals for Oklahoma City to give them a 3-0 lead heading into the second period of play. Midway though the second the Rampage finally got on the score sheet. Newly signed forward Jon Sim netted his first AHL goal since November 21, 2010 to make the score 3-1. Unfortunately that would be the only goal for the Rampage of the night, as Oklahoma City added two more goals to extend their lead to 5-1 before the final buzzer sounded. Things got rough during the final minutes of play and Alex Petrovic received two game misconduct penalties at the final buzzer for “Physical Abuse of Officials” and “Aggressive Fighting”.
The two teams were at it once again Saturday Night but this time it was the Rampage who managed to get on the board first, with Sim striking again for the silver and black. Justin Schultz tied the game up during the final minutes to level the playing field for the start of the second. The majority of the second period was all Eberle as he scored two goals to bring Oklahoma City ahead. In the final minutes of the period, Jon Rheault and Drew Shore set up Sim for his second of the night. Eberle recorded two goals throughout the third period, but Jon Sim snuck his third goal of the evening in between Eberle’s tallies. When the final buzzer sounded the final score was 5-3 Oklahoma City. Jordan Eberle finished the game with 4 goals for the Barons and Jon Sim finished with a hat trick for the Rampage.
After dropping two games in OKC the Rampage headed back home to San Antonio to prepare for their Sunday Evening game against the Charlotte Checkers. The Checkers got the night’s first goal when Drayson Bowman picked up his 14th of the season while Charlotte was on the penalty kill. Midway though the opening period, Eric Selleck picked up the Rampage’s first goal of game with Scott Timmins and Mike Mottau receiving the assists. Both Markström and Checkers goalie Justin Peters were solid in the second period and stopped every shot they faced to keep the score tied at 1. The game winning goal came midway through the third when Marc-Andre Gragnani gave the Checkers their second goal of the evening to make the final score 2-1.
The Rampage ( 10-13-0-3) currently are in 14th place in the American Hockey League’s Western Conference with 23 points in the standings. The only team with fewer points is the Hamilton Bulldogs who will face off against the Rampage Saturday Night in Hamilton. Before that match-up, the Rampage will pay visits to Austin to face the Texas Stars Wednesday and Toronto to face the Toronto Marlies Friday.
And congratulations to Rampage goaltender Jacob Markström for being named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 9th!
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The Rampage Report: December 10, 2012
After snapping out of an eight game win-less streak with wins against Rochester and Lake Erie the San Antonio Rampage started their week with two games against the Abbotsford Heat in British Columbia. The teams hit the ice Tuesday night and it didn’t take long for Casey Wellman to open the scoring for the Rampage in the opening minutes of the period. Jon Rheault received the first penalty of the game, and the Heat were able to capitalize on the power play to even the score six minutes into the contest. The Rampage regained the lead before the first period ended when Colby Robak set up Greg Rallo to give San Antonio the 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission. Abbotsford’s Max Reinhart recorded his first goal of the season to tie the game back up midway through the game. Solid goalkeeping by both Jacob Markström and Heat goalie Barry Brust kept the game tied at two until the end of regulation and sent the two teams into overtime. The Rampage didn’t need much extra time to find the back of the net once the overtime period started. Jason DeSantis netted his first goal as a member of the silver and black which was also the game winning goal after just 35 seconds of extra time.
The two teams were back at it 24 hours later at the Abbotsford Sports and Entertainment Centre. Rampage forward Scott Timmins started off the scoring for the night with his third goal of the ’12-’13 season early in the first. A few minutes later, Jared Gomes and Jonathan Hazen collected assists on Justin Vaive‘s first goal of the year. Timmins set up Quinton Howden for the Rampage’s third goal of the night to give them a 3-0 lead heading into the final period of play. With less than two minutes to play, and the Heat net empty, Timmins and Rampage Captain Nolan Yonkman were able to help Howden seal the victory and make the final score 4-0. Markström stopped all 36 shots that were fired at him, and the Rampage headed back to the States with an Abbotsford Heat sweep and 4 more points for the standings. Read the rest of this entry
The Rampage Report: November 5, 2012
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