WINNIPEG – The San Antonio Rampage dropped two games to the league-best Manitoba Moose (23-5-1-2) 7-2 and 3-1 respectively at the Bell MTS Place, kicking off a three-game road trip.
The losses were the third in their last six games for San Antonio, who allowed 10 goals in the two meetings. Rocco Grimaldi continued his hot streak and scored his tenth goal of the season in the series.
Here is what went good and bad for the Rampage, as well as three standout players: Grimaldi, Chris Butler, and Spencer Martin.
- Friday’s game saw a much better game from the Silver and Black. The Rampage played a better second period as they outshot Manitoba 20-5 in the period and kept the Moose off the scoreboard.
- Spencer Martin kept the Rampage in the game late, continuing his solid play over the past few weeks.
- San Antonio’s inconstant play in the second period continued north of the border. Manitoba dominated the middle frame on Thursday, scoring four goals and outshooting the Silver and Black 16-5.
- The Rampage struggled defensively in Canada as they allowed 10 goals and a total of 71 shots on goal in two games.
Three Standout Players:
Rocco Grimaldi: The Rampage right winger scored his tenth goal of the year in Thursday’s 7-2 blowout loss. This can only be a positive sign going forward for the Silver and Black as Grimaldi has begun to look like the Rocco of “old”. He had a hat trick and has scored five goals in his last seven games.
Chris Butler: The Rampage team captain continues to perform well and impress Coach Veilleux in the process. Butler scored his fourth unassisted goal on the power play for the Silver and Black, giving them some signs going forward of what is to come.
Spencer Martin: The Rampage netminder kept the Rampage in the game on Friday as he stopped 28 of 30 shots. Martin has played well in his past three outings and shows why he was named AHL Player of the Week earlier in the season.
Martin and Ville Husso give the Rampage a deadly combination as a one-two goaltender punch.
The Rampage are now 16-12-2-0 (34 points) on the season and will have a few days off for the Christmas holiday. They will return to the ice on December 27 against the Texas Stars at 7:30 p.m. to close out their trip.