The San Antonio Rampage went into this week’s two-game set with Iowa looking to rebound from their home loss to San Diego on Saturday night. After blowing a late lead on Thursday before falling 3-2 in OT, the Rampage bounced back with a 4-2 win on Friday, earning three out of four possible points.
On Thursday, the Rampage generated plenty of offensive chances, registering 25 shots through two periods, but still found themselves trailing 1-0 midway through the third period. Then, the Rampage got two goals in 1:35, first from Jessie Graham (1), then a PP tally from Andrew Agozzino (3) to take a 2-1 lead.
Iowa, however, wasn’t finished as they would tie the game late in regulation, then get the game winner in OT on the first shot for either side.
Friday’s game was a more defensive game from both teams. The Rampage would jump ahead 2-0 after twenty minutes, despite recording only five SOG. Felix Girard (4) and Julien Nantel (1) got the goals for the visitors. Girard’s goal tied him for the team lead with Samuel Blais who missed the game with an undisclosed injury.
After a Wild PP goal early in the second frame, the Rampage bounced right back as Dominic Toninato (3) scored a greasy goal from the crease giving the silver & black their two goal lead back.
After Sam Anas drew the Wild back to within one with just over six minutes left in regulation, Trent Vogelhuber scored his first of the season into an empty net–after some fantastic board work from Blues prospect Adam Musil–securing the victory for the Rampage.
The Wild were held to just 13 SOG on Friday night, a Rampage franchise record. The 7-2-1 start is the franchise’s second best start (after ten games) in team history. Only the 2015-16 team was better going 6-0-4 after ten games.
Streamables – (Courtesy of Nathan Rudolph @AvalancheReview)
(Friday’s Game Only)
Rampage 1 – Wild 0
1st period (4:35) – SA Felix Girard (4) ASST: Nicholas Meloche (1)
Rampage 2 – Wild 0
1st period (15:32) – SA Julien Nantel (1) ASST: Reid Petryk (5), Nicholas Meloche (2)
Rampage 2 – Wild 1
2nd period (3:52) – IA Alex Grant (4) ASST: Justin Kloos (4), Zack Mitchell (5) PP
Rampage 3 – Wild 1
2nd period (6:00) – SA Dominic Toninato (3) ASST: Alex Belzile (2), Mason Geertsen (1)
Rampage 3 – Wild 2
3rd period (13:53) – IA Sam Anas (1) ASST: Colton Beck (3), Zach Palmquist (1)
Rampage 4 – Wild 2
3rd period (19:57) – SA Trent Vogelhuber (1) ASST: Adam Musil (2) EN
- It was good to see the shots on goal scale tip back to the good guys’ side for a change. The Rampage outshot the Wild 62-45 in the two games.
- Eric Veilleux made some lineup changes and switched up some line combinations and it paid off. Until the final 10 minutes, the Rampage were dominant defensively.
- Nic Meloche picked up his first two points (2a) of his pro career (and earned #1 Star) and Julien Nantel scored his first of the season.
- We knew it would happen eventually, but it’s tough to see the PK come crashing back to earth so quickly. After allowing just three power play goals through the first seven games, the Rampage have now given up four in their last three games.
- Two guys expected to make a significant impact this season continue to struggle. Brendan Ranford found himself as a healthy scratch on Friday night and David Warsofsky continues to struggle mightily.
- The power play is a mess. The Rampage earned 14 opportunities with the man advantage this weekend, scoring just once. After starting the season as a top-5 team on the PP, they now find themselves in the bottom half of the league.
The Rampage get some well-deserved days off before traveling to West Michigan to face the defending champion Griffins in their annual school day game next Wednesday. The game can be heard on Ticket760 or streamed on AHL Live.