HIGHLIGHTS:

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Rampage suffered a 6-3 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins in front of 7,062 fans at the AT&T Center on Tuesday morning.


The game marked a return home for the Silver and Black after spending their previous five contests away from the friendly confines. San Antonio got goals from Tage Thompson, Samuel Blais, and Klim Kostin in the defeat.

Here is what went good and bad for the Rampage as well as three standout players: Tage Thompson, Samuel Blais, and Ville Husso.

The Good:

  • Samuel Blais made his presence felt, despite the defeat.
  • Ville Husso filled in nicely after Spencer Martin was pulled, more on that in the standout players section.
  • Tage Thompson.. all that needs to be said really.
  • The Rampage outshot their opponent for the game 38-34

The Bad:

  • The second period continues to be an Achilles heel for San Antonio. On Tuesday, the Griffins scored five goals in 15 total shots in the frame.
  • San Antonio’s defense struggled once again versus the Griffins, giving up four goals in a span of five minutes.
  • Spencer Martin did not look like Spencer Martin.

Three Standout Players:

   Samuel Blais: The Rampage left winger tallied a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s defeat. Despite him missing some time with an injury, he got right back into the swing of things. He assisted on Klim Kostin’s goal in the second period and skated well throughout the game, showing he is recovered from his injury.

   Tage Thompson: The 20-year-old center continues to show Rampage fans what they can expect from him when the St. Louis Blues officially become San Antonio’s NHL affiliate next season. Thompson scored in the third period, marking his fourth goal of the campaign.

Between Blais and Thompson, the pair have nine goals between them for the Silver and Black this season. If they can both keep up this level of play, San Antonio could very well be a playoff team, or better yet get called back up to the Blues.

   Ville Husso: After some rough outings in the past few games, the Rampage goalkeeper stopped the bleeding for the Silver and Black. Spencer Martin was pulled from the game in the second period following the fifth goal from Grand Rapids, Martin ended the day stopping 18 of 23 shots he faced.

Husso filled in nicely stopping all ten Grand Rapids shots in 21 minutes. The relief effort should rebuild some of his confidence going forward as he gets ready to back in between the pipes for the Rampage.

Up next: The Rampage are now 9-4-1-0 (19 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Wednesday night when they take on the Texas Stars at 7:30 p.m. at the H-E-B Center.

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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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