The San Antonio Rampage continued to stay hot with a 3-1 home win over the San Jose Barracuda at the AT&T Center on Saturday night. Despite being outplayed in all ends of the game, the Silver and Black mustered their fifth straight win.
Below is what went good and bad for the Rampage, as well as game grades for Ville Husso and Rocco Grimaldi.
- Despite being outplayed, San Antonio keeps finding ways to win hockey games. This can be evident in the team chemistry on the ice, but the Rampage need to start playing at a higher level as they get ready for a long road trip.
- Villo Husso is the real deal folks. More on that in the grades.
- Penalty kill continues to be perfect at home as the Rampage killed off all eight man advantage opportunities for the Barracuda.
- The Rampage were outshot again on Friday, leaving Coach Eric Veilleux unhappy following the game. San Jose opened the game with the first five shots and outshot San Antonio 39-23 for the game overall.
- San Antonio finished 1-for-9 on the power play, which looked chaotic. The Rampage looked disorganized, sloppy, and couldn’t get properly set up on the PP. This will need to change as the season goes on.
Ville Husso: The 22-year-old net minder came up big for the Rampage on Friday. Husso stopped 38 of the 39 shots he faced to earn First Star of the Night honors. However, it was his play in the third period that stood out. With San Jose threatening to score, the goaltender kept his calm and made some big saves to keep his team in front.
San Antonio can thank Husso for the win, he and Spencer Martin have been huge for the team early on in the season. Grade: A+
Rocco Grimaldi: Grimaldi continues to show fans why he was the team’s all-time leading scorer last season. He scored a goal and dished out an assist in the win.
During the Rampage’s win streak, he has been very active on the ice and skated well.
Up next: The Rampage will host the San Diego Gulls tonight at the AT&T Center to close a three-game homestand.