SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Rampage could not find their offense as they fell 5-1 to the San Jose Barracuda (20-17-1-2) in front of 7,344 fans at the AT&T Center on Saturday night.

San Jose opened the scoring in the first period as Rudolfs Balcers took a pass from Radim Simek and beat San Antonio goaltender Spencer Martin to put the visitors up a goal heading into the second period.

The middle stanza belonged to the Barracuda as they outshot the Rampage 20-4 in the period and scored three goals. Jacob Middleton put the visitors up two goals just 23 seconds into the period and Emerson Clark made it 3-0 a short time later.

Following Clark’s goal, Rampage coach Eric Veilleux elected to pull Martin and replace him with Ville Husso. Not even a goalie change could stop the bleeding as Cavan Fitzgerald’s power play tally put the Barracuda up 4-0 going into the final frame.

Balcers tallied his second goal of the night at the 5:04 mark of the third period, finalizing the scoring for San Jose. The Rampage finally broke through and prevented a shutout when Trent Vogelhuber scored at the 15 minute mark to finalize the scoring at 5-1.

Here is what went good and bad for the Rampage on Saturday night:

The Good:

  • Ville Husso once again looked solid in net, he came in to relive Spencer Martin and looked sharp. He stopped 18 of 20 shots in 37 minutes of work.
  • The Rampage did not get shut out.
  • San Antonio’s PK allowed just one power play goal on four chances for San Jose.

The Bad:

  • The Rampage team from Thursday was nowhere to be found. San Antonio got outshot 36-22 for the game, including 20-4 in the second period.
  • San Antonio was undisciplined in the game, committing five penalties in the game.

Up next:

The Rampage are now 23-17-4-0 (50 points, 0.568%) on the season and will have a few days off for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic. The team will return to the ice next Friday when they welcome the Texas Stars to the AT&T Center for the team’s annual Pink in the Rink Game.

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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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