The Rampage had a rough weekend, dropping both games of a two game set–both on home ice–to the Charlotte Checkers. The Rampage have now dropped three in a row–and would’ve possibly been four if not for the ice incident–after their franchise best 7-2-1 rodeo road trip.
Friday night, the Checkers would pull out a shootout victory after a fast paced, back and forth affair. Bobby Butler scored twice and came within a post of netting the second hat trick in three weeks for the home team and Drew Shore added two more assists. It wasn’t enough, though, as Aaron Palushaj and Brody Sutter beat Michael Houser in the shootout for the 5-4 win.
On Sunday, in front of 6,000+ fans and another 3-400 dogs, the Rampage fell behind early and couldn’t manage to pull out the win despite coming back from a 2-0 deficit in the first and a 3-2 deficit in the third period. Wade Megan had a goal and an assist and Scott Clemmensen stopped 23 of 27 shots in his first game in San Antonio since October. Charlotte got the game winner, though, from Aaron Palushaj–there’s that name again–midway through the third period and held on for a 4-3 win.
The Rampage now sit nine points out of the 8th spot in the west, with three teams between them and Milwaukee, with just 18 games to go in the regular season. It’s fitting that the game the Rampage season likely went “to the dogs” was the game with hundreds of dogs in attendance.
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San Antonio Rampage “Three Stars of the Week” for the week ending February 23rd:
1st Star: Wade Megan (2GP 2-1-3 6SOG +1)
Megan had a solid week scoring a single goal in each contest and adding an assist in Sunday’s loss. Megan started the season playing very well, then trailed off a bit, but has been good in the last couple of weeks.
2nd Star: Bobby Butler (2GP 2-1-3 6SOG -2)
As mentioned above, Butler came within half an inch of scoring a hat trick in Friday night’s game. He also added a secondary assist on the first Rampage goal and had several other chances in both games to add to his totals. With Trocheck in the NHL, Butler is option #1 on offense.
3rd Star: John McFarland (2GP 0G-2A-2pts 4SOG +2)
McFarland continued his solid play chipping in an assist in each game and being one of the few players on the team to register a plus number for the weekend. His speed set up the Ortmeyer goal on Sunday and Megan’s tip goal on Friday came off of his shot from the point.
Honorable Mention: Drew Shore(2GP 0G-2A-2Pt 6SOG -2)
Shore continues to be the best player on the team most nights. Shore assisted on two goals Friday night. He also had several chances on Sunday but just couldn’t capitalize.
*My apologies for the lack of Three Stars goodness last week. The Trade Deadline and corresponding two podcasts, plus the 3rd quarter grades threw me way off. As heard on the podcast, they were Crabb, Trocheck, and Markstrom and the standings below reflect that.
Three Stars Season Standings
T-1. Bobby Butler – 6
T-1. Vincent Trocheck – 6
T-2. Jacob Markstrom – 5
T-3. Drew Shore – 4
T-4. Jed Ortmeyer – 3
T-4. Michael Houser – 3
T-5. Garrett Wilson – 2
T-5. Jared Gomes – 2
T-5. Denny Urban – 2
T-5. Greg Rallo – 2
T-5. Matt Gilroy – 2
T-5. Quinton Howden – 2
T-5. Joey Crabb – 2
T-5. John McFarland – 2
T-6. Steve Pinizzotto – 1
T-6. Dov-Grumet-Morris – 1
T-6. Jon Matsumoto – 1
T-6. Doug Janik – 1
T-6. Colby Robak – 1
T-6. Ryan Martindale – 1
News and Notes:
– There have been a bevy of moves in the last week. Vincent Trocheck, Joey Crabb, and Mike Mottau are off to Florida and Tim Miller has been traded to Abbotsford for Future Considerations.
– John Lee is 100% and will be in the lineup tonight in OKC.