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Rampage down Wild in OT to split weekend: Three Standout Players


SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Rampage rallied for a 4-3 overtime win over the Iowa Wild (11-8-3-0) in front of 6,360 fans at the AT&T Center on Saturday night. The victory comes just 24 hours after San Antonio fell 5-3 to the Wild on Friday.

The victory also breaks a four game losing streak for the Rampage, who won their first game since November 21. Rocco Grimaldi had the game-winning power play goal 2:21 into the overtime session.

“We were struggling to win a hockey game,” Rampage Head Coach Eric Veilleux said. “Those guys were challenged mentally and we responded very well today.”

Here is what went good and bad for the Rampage on both nights, as well as three standout players: Grimaldi, Julien Nantel, and Jean-Christophe Beaudin. 

The Good:

  • The Rampage dug deep and got the win after not getting the win against Iowa just 24 hours earlier. Over the two games over the weekend, San Antonio put 87 shots on goal to the Wild’s 50 shots.
  • Julien Nantel has seen his confidence grow over the past few games and this weekend really showed how.
  • San Antonio’s penalty kill was much better on Saturday night, stopping all six Iowa power play chances. For the weekend, the Wild finished just 3-for-13 on the man advantage.

The Bad:

  • The Rampage continue to show poor discipline in committing penalties. Over the two weekend games, San Antonio committed 13 penalties, with seven of those coming in Friday’s loss.
  • Spencer Martin looked poor in Friday’s game as Iowa scored five goals in the second and third periods combined to rally for the win.

Three Standout Players: 

    Rocco Grimaldi: Rampage fans got to look at the ‘old’ Rocco they have seen in year’s past this weekend. Grimaldi ended his weekend by posting a goal and an assist in the come from behind win for San Antonio. The goal was his fourth of the season and his assist was his sixth of the year.

Seeing Grimaldi play with that much aggression and passion can only be a positive sign for the Silver and Black. Last season, he finished the year by leading the Rampage in goals with 31. If Grimaldi can stay consistent with his play as the season goes on, it is hard to imagine San Antonio missing the playoffs.

    Julien Nantel: After spending time with the Colorado Eagles in the ECHL, Julien Nantel seems to have found his footing in the Alamo City. Through the two weekend games against Iowa, he scored two goals, his fourth and fifth of the season respectively.

Nantel’s play caught the attention of Coach Veilleux, who said: “This is the best we’ve seen out of Julien Nantel.”

Nantel has proven himself to be a solid role player for the Rampage and is only going to get better as the season continues. These two games for him should only boost the confidence of the young player.

     Jean-Christophe Beaudin: After scoring your first goal in the American Hockey League, how can you not be a standout player? Of course, its not the only reason he made the cut.

Beaudin ended the weekend by posting a goal and two assists. He got the secondary assist on Grimaldi’s game-winner in overtime and tallied his first goal in a Rampage sweater. J.C. Beaudin is a young, skilled hockey player and can only get better the more he is on the ice.

Up next: The Rampage are now 12-9-1-0 (25 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Tuesday when they welcome the Bakersfield Condors to the AT&T Center at 7 p.m.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.


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