The San Antonio Rampage earned a split in California as they used a third period rally to defeat the San Jose Barracuda 3-2 in the second game of their four-game road trip. Unlike the previous two games, the Silver and Black dominated the second period, outshooting the Barracuda 16-6.
Below is an in-depth look at the good and the bad in the win as well as game day grades for four of the San Antonio players.
- San Antonio’s penalty kill continued to be sharp on Saturday, despite giving up their first goal of the season while their opponent was on the man advantage. The PK stopped 5-of-6 San Jose power play chances, bringing their kill on the season to 13-for-14.
- Speaking of the power play, San Antonio finished 2-for-4 on the night. This is a solid sign as the season goes along that both units are starting to gel.
- Spencer Martin did Spencer Martin things. More on that in the grades portion.
- The Rampage continued to take silly penalties, no doubt leaving Coach Eric Veilleux unhappy. San Antonio committed five minor penalties, resulting in that power play goal for San Jose.
Game Day Grades
Spencer Martin: Spencer Martin picked up his second straight win as a starter in net and proved why the Colorado Avalanche speak so highly of him. Martin stopped 16 of 18 shots, including some big saves with San Antonio down two men. With Martin in net and playing this well early, things could be interesting late in the season for the Rampage. Grade: A+
Special Teams: The Rampage special teams were a major reason why the Rampage left the SAP Center with two points. As mentioned above, the penalty kill came up big as they stopped five of six San Jose PP chances. However, none was bigger than the 1:45 5-on-3 chance for the Barracuda. San Antonio’s defense did not allow the Barracuda to sent up their offense as time continued to tick down. On the other side, the Rampage went 50 percent on their own power play chances. Grade: A+
Rocco Grimaldi: The fan favorite picked a perfect time for his first goal of the season. He moved the puck well and dished out an assist on Andrew Agozzino’s power play tally. His two points were the first of the year. Last season he led the Silver and Black with 30 goals. Grade: A
David Warsofsky: The St. Louis Blues product continues to struggle to find his path in the Rampage system. In Saturday’s win, he looked almost lost on the defensive shifts and was benched by Coach Veilleux in the third period. Grade: D-
Up next: The Rampage will return to Texas when they begin their first “three in three” of the season against the Texas Stars beginning on Friday night in Cedar Park.