Rampage – 5
Stars – 2
This past weekend, the San Antonio Rampage didn’t always play pretty, or even fundamentally sound hockey. Thanks to timely goal scoring and some huge goaltending performances, however, they still managed to pull four points out of their magician’s hat. On Tuesday morning, no smoke or mirrors were needed.
The Rampage jumped out early on Duncan Siemen’s first goal in a Rampage uniform at 14:22 of the opening period. The second period, though is where the Rampage imposed their will on the helpless Stars and, for all intents and purposes, wrapped up the two points.
Thanks to four second period goals, including two scored 20 seconds apart, the Rampage were able to coast through the third period, despite giving up a pair of goals to the visiting Stars. Andrew Agozzino (4:35), Michael Schumacher (9:31), and Marc-Andre Cliche (9:51) would give the home team a 4-0 lead halfway though the middle stanza. Reid Petryk would add a shorthanded tally at 18:02, his first of the season and the Rampage took a 5-0 lead into the final frame.
The Stars were finally able to solve Rampage goaltender Spencer Martin in the opening minutes of the third as Devin Shore scored a power play goal. Matt Mangene would add an even strength marker at 8:02, but that’s as close as the Stars could get.
Martin stopped 22 of 24 shots faced for his second consecutive victory over the Stars, the first two wins of his AHL career. The Rampage are now 3-1-1 against the Stars this season.
- Mikko Rantanen 3a
- Andrew Agozzino 1g-1a
- Marc-Andre Cliche 1g
Postgame Sights and Sounds
What it Means
The Rampage (.786) have now won three games in a row–the last two against Texas in regulation–and maintained their lead over the Ontario Reign (.750) in the Pacific Division. The Rampage are also one of just three teams with a single regulation loss on the season.
The Rampage will host the second place Ontario Reign on Friday night in a huge divisional matchup. On Sunday, the Charlotte Checkers will come to town for the first time this season.