by Tony Uminski staff writer
Even though the Rampage lost to Stockton on a last second shot in overtime, they are still riding an unbeaten streak at home of 12-0-1-0 because they haven’t lost in regulation. Thirteen straight games without losing in 60 minutes of hockey is quite the run of great home cooking at the AT&T Center. So here’s the question you’ve probably never thought to ask a hockey player, but what would they consider great home cooking, now that many Rampage players are heading home for the All Star break.
Although Jordan Kyrou is actually heading to Springfield, Massachusetts for the AHL skills competition Sunday and then the game Monday, he said great home cooking would include a tip of the hockey helmet to his Greek cultural roots — chicken souvlaki on a pita. Kyrou, by the way, heads to the All Star festivities with 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points in 28 games.
Team captain, Chris Butler, looks forward to his mom’s home cooking, saying “she’s a great cook. We all sit around the dinner table at home.” And he added, “My mom makes a great flank steak. It sits in a honey marinade for like 24 hours or so. Dad cooks it on the grill. It’s phenomenal.” He also mentions whenever he plays in the NHL with the Blues, he has to hit up Hank’s Cheesecake in St. Louis.
Sammy Blais, who’s goal at 17:32 of the third gave the Rampage hopes of extending the full home streak to 13 games, claimed pasta in Quebec City is on the menu for some French home cooking, while Bobby MacIntyre, the hero of Friday’s win over San Diego goes with pasta as well.
The Rampage have one more opportunity to feast on some hockey home cooking Friday against Grand Rapids in the annual Pink in the Rink game, before heading out for the rest of February and the annual 10-game San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Road trip.
For the record, the Rampage still haven’t lost on AT&T Center ice in regulation since Thanksgiving, a 7-3 setback on Black Friday to the Texas Stars.
RAMPAGE ALUMNI REPORT — Mikko Rantanen scored the first goal in the NHL All-Star Classic and added another as the Central Division, coached by former San Antonio resident and one-game, one-hit-wonder Iguanas forward and current Calgary Flames head coach, Bill Peters, beat the Pacific Division, 10-4…Joining current Rampage rookie, Jordan Kyrou in Springfield for the AHL Game Monday will be former Rampagers Andrew Agozzino, Zach Redmond, Alex Belzille and Logan Shaw. T-Bone will also be there.
RAMPAGE REVIEW — On Jan. 27, 2006, a couple of Rampage players made their presence known before becoming part of New York Rangers lore. Goaltender David LeNeveu stopped 45 of 47 Chicago shots as the Rampage beat the Wolves, 3-2 before 6,927 at the AT&T Center. Pavel Brendl scored the game winner with 6:36 left in regulation for his 12th of 13 goals for the 2005-06 season from Eric Chouinard and Chris McAllister. Pascal Rheume and Mike Bishai also scored for the Rampage. Brendl, in some hockey quarters, is known as one of the worst first round draft picks in NHL history. Drafted 4th overall by the Rangers, Brendl would score only 11 goals in 78 NHL games with the Flyers, Hurricanes, and Coyotes before taking his game to Europe, where he managed to live up to some of his hype. On draft day in 1999, the pick used to select Brendl changed hands three times in deals between the Blackhawks, Canucks, Tampa Bay and the Rangers. The NY scouts could be forgiven somewhat, as Brendl did score 73-61-134 and 59-52-111 in back-to-back junior seasons with the Calgary Hitmen from 1998-2000. He never played for the Rangers, being sent to the Flyers in the trade that brought Eric Lindros to Broadway…LeNeveu was touted as the heir apparent in net for Curtis Joseph as the Coyotes 2nd round pick in 2002 after breaking many of Hall of Famer Ken Dryden’s records at Cornell. LeNeveu was 28-3-1 with a 1.20 GAA in his last year with the Big Red, but Phoenix lost patience with him and sent him to New York for another disappointing collegiate goalie, Al Montoya of Michigan. Ironically, LeNeveu would sit on the Rangers bench as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup during the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals vs. the Kings, while Brendl, the Rangers’ pick who never donned the Blueshirt, scored only three goals for a second-divison German team that season. By the way, the 2005-06 Rampage was the worst team in the franchise history, going 23-50-0-7, scoring only 153 goals in 80 games.