Photo by John Snyder
The San Antonio Rampage have completed 80% of their first extended road trip of the season and so far, so good. Posting a 3-1 record through the first four games of a five game trip, the “Silver and Black” have earned six of eight points in the standings and currently sit alone atop the Western Division with ten points.
Friday night, the Rampage made the long trek to upstate New York for a rematch with former teammate Jacob Markstrom and his conference leading Utica Comets. Markstrom would not get the start against the Rampage, but Comets backup Joacim Eriksson was impressive in shutting down the dominant Rampage for much of the game. Eriksson would stop 39 of the 41 shots he faced earning the 5-2 win in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated. Coming back from an early 3-0 deficit, the Rampage would battle back to get within a goal on goals scored by Logan Shaw and Steven Kampfer, but couldn’t capitalize with their net empty and the Comets would make them pay twice, closing out the game.
After a long overnight bus trip, the Rampage would suit up Saturday night for the first of back-to-back games against the Hamilton Bulldogs in southern Ontario. Led by a balanced attack, the Rampage would get goals from four different players and defeat the Bulldogs by a score of 4-2. Michael Houser stopped 22 of 24 shots faced to pick up his third win of the season.
Less than 18 hours later, the two teams were right back at it again Sunday afternoon. After a slow start, Connor Brickley would get the Rampage on the scoreboard first late in the first period. After Hamilton tied the game in the second period, Rampage defenseman Jonathan Racine took a major penalty for boarding and was given a game misconduct. What looked tenuous at first turned into the turning point of the game. After a Hamilton penalty put the teams four-on-four, the Rampage erupted for two goals in 49 seconds. Rocco Grimaldi struck first, followed quickly by Bobby Butler. Garrett Wilson would add two goals, one into an empty net, to seal a 5-2 win, earning the Rampage a two game sweep. Dan Ellis was solid in net and the team played another very good team game.
Next up: The Rampage head to Glens Falls to take on the Adirondack Flames (formerly Abbotsford Heat) and former Rampage captain Nolan Yonkman for the first time this season.
Rampage (5-2-0) vs Adirondack (2-5-1)
Wednesday, Oct. 29th 6pm