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The Rampage Report: January 28, 2013


Jon Rheault awaits his next shift (Photo by Amanda Land).

Jon Rheault awaits his next shift (Photo by Amanda Land).

After splitting a two game series last weekend with the Oklahoma City Barons, the San Antonio Rampage were back at the AT&T Center in San Antonio Friday night for game one of a home and home series with the Texas Stars. The Rampage got the scoring started about one minute into the tilt when Alex Petrovic and Jared Gomes set up Jonathan Hazen for his second goal of the season. Tyler Sloan recorded his first goal as a member of the Stars late in the second period to tie the game. After a scoreless third period, the two teams headed to overtime. The overtime hero was Jon Rheault for the Rampage who gave San Antonio the important extra point.

Saturday night the two teams faced off again at the Ceder Park Center. The Stars built up a 2-0 lead during the first 20 minutes of play thanks to a pair of goals from Justin Dowling. Midway though the game, Casey Wellman and the Rampage cut the Stars’ lead in half with a power play goal. Texas regained their two goal lead just minutes later on the power play with Dowling netting his third of the game for the hat trick. The Stars added one more goal late in the third with the Rampage net empty to seal their victory and give them a 4-1 win.  Read the rest of this entry

The Rampage Report: January 14, 2013

(Photo by Amanda Land)

(Photo by Amanda Land)

The Lake Erie Monsters made their way down to the Lone Star State last week for two back to back contest against the San Antonio Rampage. Thursday night the two teams took the ice to face off against each other for the third time this season. Lake Erie was first to get on the score sheet when Dean Strong capitalized on the power play for the Monsters late in the opening period. Lake Erie’s power play unit struck again early on in the second period. This time Paul Carey put the puck past Jacob Markström  to make the score 2-0. Just 10 seconds later, former Rampage forward  Bill Thomas increased the Monster’s lead once again with his 12th goal of the season. Lake Erie held their 3-0 lead until early in the third when Jon Sim was able to finally figure out how to get a shot past Calvin PickardAndrew Agozzino restored the three goal lead for the Monsters minutes later, and Bill Thomas netted his second goal of the evening shorthanded to seal the Monster’s 5-1 victory with about six minutes of play remaining.

Hoping for different results when the two teams face-off against once another the next night, the Rampage were first on the board first. Casey Wellman assisted on James Wright‘s goal midway though the opening period. A few moments later, Jon Rheault added an unassisted goal on the power play to give San Antonio a 2-0 lead heading into the second period. Lake Erie countered with two goals of their own in he opening minutes of the second to make for a tie game heading into the final 20 minutes of play. Early in the third, Wellman and Nolan Yonkman set up Drew Shore for the tie-breaking goal. Rheault added his second goal of the evening a couple minutes later to secure the 4-2 win for the silver and black.

Saturday the Rampage headed up to Austin for a game against the Texas Stars. The first goal came six minutes into the tilt when Robak and Yonkman set up Shore for his 10th goal of the season. During the final minute of play in the first, Alex Chiasson added a goal for Texas and tied the game heading into the first intermission. The Stars scored the lone second period goal and added another in the third to win the game 3-1. 

Following Saturday’s game against the Stars, Drew Shore, Quinton Howden , Jon Rheault, James Wright, Alex Petrovic, Mike Caruso and Jacob Markström received word that they’d be heading to South Florida in the morning for Panthers Training Camp.

The San Antonio Rampage (16-20-0-4) currently sit in 14th place in the AHL’s Western Conference with 36 points. The Oklahoma City Barons are on deck for the Rampage. San Antonio will travel to face the Barons at the Cox Convention Center Friday and Saturday Nights.

As always, thanks for reading and feel free to leave comments below or on our Facebook Fan Page! And a special congrats to the 7 players called up to the NHL! Best of luck to them all!

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The Rampage Report: January 7, 2013

Rampage Goal Celebration (Photo by Amanda Land).

The San Antonio Rampage finished out the 2012 portion of their schedule last weekend picking up a possible 5 out of 6 points with contests against the Oklahoma City Barons, Houston Aeros, and Charlotte Checkers. The Barons edged the Rampage in a shootout Friday night at the Cox Convention Center, but the Rampage prevailed the following night in overtime at home before winning in regulation Sunday against the Checkers.

San Antonio started off 2013 with a 3-0  victory against the Peoria Rivermen this past Friday at the AT&T Center. Midway though the first, Jon Rheault got the first goal of the night with James Wright picking up the lone assist. The Rampage kept things rolling in the second when both Drew Shore and Greg Rallo put the puck past Peoria goalie, Mike McKenna. Jacob Markström turned away all 26 shots the Rivermen fired at him to add another shutout to his name. Read the rest of this entry

The Rampage Report: November 26, 2012

It was a hockey filled weekend in San Antonio with games all three nights. The post-Thanksgiving weekend kicked off with a match-up against the Houston Aeros on Friday Night. Jacob Markström and Aeros goaltender Matt Hackett stopped all the shots that were fired at them until 25 seconds into the second period when Jason Zucker netted his eighth goal of the season for Houston. The Aeros maintained a 1-0 lead until 13:16 of the third when Scott Timmins scored his second of the season to even the score at one. With just under three minutes to go in the game, Justin Fontaine capitalized on the Aeros power play to give Houston the 2-1 victory.

Saturday night the Rampage found themselves down 1-0 at the end of the first period against the Abbotsford Heat. The goal came on an Abbotsford power play with Rampage captain Nolan Yonkman in the box for elbowing and fighting. The Rampage regrouped during intermission and after 16 minutes of play Casey Wellman and Jason DeSantis set up James Wright to end Barry Brust’s AHL recording breaking shutout streak and make it rain teddy bears inside the AT&T Center as part of the annual “Teddy Bear Toss” Night benefiting Toys for Tots. After almost a 10 minute delay to pick up all the bears, game play resumed and shortly after Wright and Wellman set up Quinton Howden for the second Rampage goal of the night. San Antonio protected their 2-1 lead until the final 15 seconds when Brett Olson tied the game for Abbotsford and sent the two teams to overtime. After a scoreless overtime period, Abbotsford and San Antonio headed to a shootout. It would take 11 rounds to settle it. Jon Rheault  shot first for the Silver and Black and scored, but the rest of the San Antonio shooters were stopped until James Wright found the back of the net 6 rounds later. Unfortunately those two goals wouldn’t be enough to match Abbotsford’s three and the Heat burned the Rampage with a final score of 3-2.

Rheault-vember continued Sunday evening for the Rampage with Jon Rheault tallying his 6th goal of the season and of the month at the 8:36 mark of the opening period. Travis Morin spoiled the Rampage’s lead with a goal later in the period and sent the two teams to the dressing rooms tied with one goal a piece. Midway though the game, Colby Robak  and Rheault assisted on a Drew Shore  goal to reestablish the Rampage’s lead once again. That lead was erased quickly when the Texas Stars scored put two goals up on the scoreboard just 27 seconds apart. The Rampage cut the Stars’ lead in half when Shore found the back of the next again with just over 6 minutes left to play in the game. But just as the gap was closing between the two teams, the Stars found a way to open it back up with a goal less than a minute later to make the score 4-3 and added an empty net goal with less than a minute remaining to extend their lead to 5-3, which would be the final score. Read the rest of this entry

The Rampage Report: November 19, 2012

Over 10,000 screaming children and adults welcomed the San Antonio Rampage onto the ice Tuesday morning. The 10:30 am puck drop was in honor of the Rampage’s annual School Day tilt which was against the Houston Aeros this year. Houston got on the board first when David McIntyre got the puck past Dov Grumet-Morris and the Rampage defenders. A few minutes later, Alex Petrovic evened the score when he picked up his second goal of the season. Before the buzzer signaled the end of the first, Houston managed to pick up two more goals with Brett Bulmer netting his first of the season 11 minutes into the game and Jason Zucker scoring his 6th goal of the year on an Aeros power play 5 minutes later. The second period was another one filled with goals. The Rampage struck first with Jon Rheault  tallying a short handed goal less than two minutes into the period. Casey Wellman evened the score once again halfway through the game. Houston scored two quick goals, just 33 seconds apart, minutes later to give them a 5-3 lead heading into the final period of play. Just like the previous period, Rheault  got the scoring started again, tallying his 5th goal of the season 2 minutes and 49 seconds into the third period to bring the Rampage within one goal of tying the game again. McIntyre and Zucker both recorded their second goals of the contest to give Houston a 7-4 lead with just under 5 minutes to play. Quinton Howden‘s first professional goal came on a Rampage penalty kill during the final two minutes of play, unfortunately that wasn’t enough to catch the Aeros in this goal scoring frenzy of a game. Houston won by a final score of 7-5.

Jacob Markström got the start in goal on Thursday night when the Rampage headed north to Austin to take on the Texas Stars. After a scoreless first period, the Stars got their first goal of the night on the power play with Rheault in the box for slashing. Later on in the period Texas scored two more goals 90 seconds apart to bring their lead to 3-0. Cristopher Nilstorp was awarded second start of the game and the shut-out after stopping all 21 of San Antonio’s shots. Matt Fraser of the Stars was named the first star of the game for  scoring the first two Texas goals. Read the rest of this entry

The Rampage Report: November 12, 2012

It was a fairly quiet week for the San Antonio Rampage with only one game on the schedule. Saturday night the Toronto Marlies made their annual trek down to the AT&T Center to take on the Panthers AHL affiliate. James Wright and Alex Petrovic set up  Jon Rheault for his 3rd goal of the season at the 3:30 mark of the first period. Midway through the first Jean-Francois Jacques also tallied his 3rd goal of the season with the lone assist going to Andre Deveaux. The Rampage held onto their 2-0 lead until halfway through the 2nd period when Leo Komarov put the puck past Jacob Markström and ended the Rampage’s 130:22 minute long shutout streak. Petrovic and Greg Rallo helped restore San Antonio’s 2 goal lead on the power play when they fed Deveaux the puck for the third Rampage goal of the game. The Marlies countered with their own power play goal minutes later to bring the score to 3-2 San Antonio heading into the third. Toronto added three more goals in the third to seal their victory with a final score of 5-3.

The Rampage have a busy week ahead of them with the Houston Aeros visiting Tuesday morning for a 10:30 am CST faceoff before the Rampage hit the road for a Thursday contest against the Texas Stars. The silver and black will return home for the weekend to face the Charlotte Checkers two times on Friday and Sunday. San Antonio (4-5-0-1) currently sit in 13th place in the AHL’s Western Conference.

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Follow the Rat Pack on Twitter: me @HockeyGirl2530,  Frank Rekas @TheRatTrick , David Lasseter @davidlasseter , Josh Luecht@joshluecht, Patrick McLaughlin @PatrickRattrick , Scott Mullin @GreatScottsman, David Rodriguez @davidbub_2, Paige Lewis @RatTrickLewiz  ,Gabby Kiger @gabbykiger, Adam Reid@AdamReid, Justen Rosenberg @JustenRosenberg, Chrissy Parente @chrissaay44 and Kris Eberwein @KrisEberwein Also, please join our Facebook Fan Page and hit the like button, send us photos, and make some comments.

The Rampage Report: November 5, 2012

The San Antonio Rampage were back in action Friday night at the AT&T center for their first match-up against the Grand Rapids Griffins of the season. The Griffins got off to a two goal lead in the first half  of the opening period with Brent Raedeke and Trevor Parkes getting the puck past Jacob Markström during the first nine and a half minutes of play. Tyson Strachan and Drew Shore set up Jon Rheault  for his first goal as a member of the silver and black and cut the Griffins lead in half heading into the first intermission. Less than five minutes into the second period, Rheault found the back of the net again and tied the game on a Rampage penalty kill with Jean-Francois Jacques in the box for hooking. In the third, defenseman Mike Caruso  and forward Scott Timmins  set up Eric Selleck for the game winning goal with less than four minutes left in regulation to give the Rampage a 3-2 win.

Sunday night the Rampage took the ice to face one of the most talked about teams in the league- the Oklahoma City Barons. Making its AHL debut was the much anticipated Taylor Hall-Jordan Eberle- Ryan Nugent Hopkins line for the Barons. Both Dov Grumet- Morris and Oklahoma City goaltender Olivier Roy were solid in the first stopping a combined 18 shots. Midway through the second, Rheault and  John McFarland set up Alex Petrovic on the power play for his first regular season AHL goal. The Rampage power play struck again late in the third period, this time when Stratchan and McFarland set up defenseman Colby Robak and made the score 2-0. The final buzzer sounded and thanks to solid defensive play the Rampage and Grumet-Morris shut out the Barons and improved their home record to 4-1. Read the rest of this entry

The Rampage Report: October 15, 2012

Colby Robak warms-up before a game at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas (Photo by Amanda Land).

Fans in San Antonio and around the American Hockey League have anxiously been awaiting for the puck to drop again, and this weekend they finally got their hockey fix once again. The San Antonio Rampage kicked off their 11th season Saturday night against the Texas Stars. The Rampage got a taste of what to expect opening night in two pre-season games against the Stars, which they lost by scores of 4-1 and 3-0 with Drew Shore being the only one to crack the Stars’ defense.

Opening night started with a tribute to Jessica Redfield, one of the victims of this summer’s Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting. Redfield, a San Antonio native, interned with various media outlets in San Antonio before moving to Colorado and was a huge hockey fan. After her parents performed the opening puck drop, the Rampage’s season was officially underway. The Rampage got their first power play of the season 32 seconds into the game when Reilly Smith was handed a two-minute penalty for interfering with Rampage goalie Dov Grumet-Morris. The Stars opened the scoring during the fourth minute of play when Cody Eakin set Kyle Fortunus up for first goal of the contest. The Stars struck once again with Jordie Benn assisting on Toby Petersen‘s goal with less than 4 minutes remaining before the buzzer sounded to signal the end of the first period. Things got rough in the third period just over a minute and stayed that way all throughout the third. The two teams racked up a combined 47 penalty minutes before the final buzzer sounded, with a number of those coming from Eric Selleck at the 6:28 mark when he was assessed a 2-minute roughing penalty, a 5-minute boarding penalty, and game misconduct for boarding. This was the Rampage’s first game misconduct since the 2010-11 season. In the final minute of play. Drew Shore finally netted San Antonio’s first goal of the season with Tyson Strachan and Jon Rheault picking up their first points of the 2012-13 season. Unfortunately the comeback came a bit too late and the Rampage fell to the Stars once again, but this time by a final score of 2-1. Read the rest of this entry

Looking Forward to The New Season In San Antonio

Rampage Forwards Scott Timmins, David Marshall and Wacey Rabbit talk between plays in Rochester, NY last season (Photo by Amanda Land).

Training Camp kicked off this morning at the Northwoods Ice Center in San Antonio as 35 players took the ice to begin preparations for the upcoming season. 20 forwards, 11 defensemen and four goaltenders will be competing for a spot on the opening night roster over the next week. I figured for today’s post I’d write a bit about a few of the forwards I’m excited to watch this season, so here we go:

The New:
Jean-Francois JacquesMaybe it’s because of the extremely french name, but for some reason my attention has always gravitated to him whenever he’s on the ice in front of me. Originally selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2nd round (68th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the native of Montreal has both NHL and AHL experience. Last season with the Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim’s AHL affiliate), Jacques racked up 21 goals and added 19 assists and 95 penalty minutes  in 65 regular season games. At 6’3″ and 231 lbs, he’s a big guy showed last year that he’s capable of scoring and dropping the gloves occasionally.

Jon Rheault- Signed on the first day of free agency this summer, I think Rheault will be a nice addition to the Rampage lineup. While with the Abbotsford Heat last year, Jon netted 16 goals and 17 assists in 47 games. In 2010 he finished second on Heat’s roster in the assists, points, and shots categories. Hopefully he’ll be able to continue to produce goals and assists down in San Antonio and help the silver and black on the score sheet after they lost a few key point gettters over the off-season.

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