The Rampage split a pair of games against the Charlotte Checkers in Charlotte this past weekend. Friday night, the Rampage stormed back from a 3-0 deficit in the second period to tie the game at 3-3 only to have an ill-timed–and highly questionable–Ryan Whitney crosscheck come back to haunt them late in the 3rd period. The Checkers would capitalize as Chris Terry would beat Michael Houser with just over four minutes remaining. The Rampage were attacking the net in the final minutes, but couldn’t net the equalizer and fell 4-3–their 5th straight defeat.
Sunday, the Rampage–or should I say Bobby Butler–would come back strong and would earn the split. The 4-2 win was just their third road win within the division for the season. Butler would have a hand in all four goals for the Rampage scoring the first two and assisting on the latter two. Scott Clemmensen was also strong, stopping 31 of 33 shots for just his second win in seven tries–and first since the second game of the season–in a Rampage uniform.
San Antonio Rampage “Three Stars of the Week” for the week ending February 23rd:
1st Star: Bobby Butler (1GP 2-2-4 4SOG +3)
After finding himself sitting and watching, despite being completely healthy, on Friday for the second time in two weeks, Butler earns himself the first star of the week for his four point performance on Sunday. Butler tallied a shorthanded goal, his second of the season, and registered the first four point game of the season for the Rampage.
2nd Star: Jed Ortmeyer (2GP 1-1-2 2SOG +5)
Ortmeyer, lined up alongside Butler, had a strong weekend registering a multi-point game on Sunday and leading the team with a +5 in just two games. Jed continues his strong play regardless of where he slots into the lineup and his hard work has never tailed off depsite the team’s recent struggles.
3rd Star: Scott Clemmensen (1GP 1-0-0 .939% 2.00)
It’s not a secret that I’m no fan of Clemmensen. That said, he played solid to fantastic over the course of the Rampage win on Sunday, including coming up with a couple HUGE saves when the Rampage were clinging to a one goal lead in the third period.
Honorable Mention: John McFarland (2GP 1-1-2 8SOG +1)
McFarland continues his strong sophomore campaign with another Pt/game week. His resurgance this season is cause for excitement leading into next season where McFarland could see plenty of top six minutes.
Three Stars Season Standings
T-1. Bobby Butler – 7
T-1. Vincent Trocheck – 6
T-2. Jacob Markstrom – 5
T-3. Drew Shore – 4
T-3. Jed Ortmeyer – 4
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
T-6. Scott Clemmensen – 1
News and Notes:
– Garrett Wilson has been re-assigned to the Rampage from Florida. Wilson played 3 games for the Panthers and was held without a point.
– The NCAA Hockey Tournament begins this weekend and there is no shortage of potential future Rampage players taking part. Eight in all, including Kyle Rau (Minn), Rocco Grimaldi (UND) and Sam Brittain (Denver).
– Podcast will likely make its return Thursday so keep your eyes and ears peeled.