SAN ANTONIO – Jared Coreau stopped all 29 shots he faced as he helped the San Antonio Rampage earn a 2-0 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins (26-15-7) in front of 11,524 fans at the AT&T Center on Friday night.
The win was the 14th straight regulation home win for the Silver and Black, who will not play at home again for a month due to the Rodeo Road Trip.
“I’m happy with how we played for the most part,” Rampage coach Drew Bannister said. “Grand Rapids came out hard but once we got that power-play goal, we took control of the game.”
Both goals came in the first 20 minutes of the game and both goals came from the guys in pink. Sam Blais opened the scoring at 7:37 when he took the pass from Jordan Kyrou and put the puck past Griffins goaltender Harri Sateri to put the Rampage up a goal.
“When you get that chance on the power-play like that it gives your team momentum,” Blais said. “That goal really helped get us going offensively.”
San Antonio added to their lead at 13:17 of the opening frame when Adam Musil buried a rebound goal off Chris Butler’s shot to put the Rampage up two goals and finalized the scoring.
Coreau stopped all 29 shots he faced for his second shutout in his last three games. Two of those shutouts came against his two former teams.
“It gives me the motivation to play against former teams,” Coreau said. “At the end of the day, the focus is getting the two points and getting wins.”
San Antonio will now hit the road for the next month while the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo invades the AT&T Center. The Rampage have not had success on the road this season, owning a record of 4-15-1.
“This is going to be an important trip for us,” Bannister said. “This will probably determine if we make the playoffs or not. We’re seeing positive signs on the road and getting healthy bodies down will be part of that success.”
The Rampage are now 23-21-2 (48 points) on the season and will return to the ice next Friday when they travel to Iowa to face the Wild (24-15-7) to kick off the 2019 Rodeo Road Trip.