SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Rampage earned a 4-2 victory over the Cleveland Monsters (8-10-2-2) in front of an announced crowd of 3,012 fans at the AT&T Center on Thursday night.
The victory saw the Silver and Black score the first two goals in the first period, but Cleveland came right back to tie the game in the second period. San Antonio sealed the win with goals Chris Butler and Samuel Blais.
Here is what went good and bad for the Rampage as well as three standout players: Tage Thompson, Samuel Blais, and Ville Husso.
- San Antonio’s second periods have been an Achilles heel for the team over the course of the season, but that changed on Thursday. The Rampage outshot Cleveland 13-3 in the period, scoring a goal to take a one goal lead into the third.
- After a poor outing in his last game, Ville Husso had a great game between the pipes.
- Chris Butler tallied a goal on the same night he was awarded with the “C”.
- San Antonio’s penalty kill was a perfect 5-for-5 on the night.
- The Rampage were extremely lucky to escape the opening 20 minutes with a lead. San Antonio was outshot 16-7 and allowed three Cleveland power plays in the frame.
Three Standout Players:
Ville Husso: The Rampage net minder had a bad outing in the first game back since suffering an injury, Husso shined on Thursday. The St. Louis Blues prospect stopped 24 of 26 shots he faced to collect the win. Husso saw the puck well as he stopped shots through screens and showed no signs of lingering pain from the LBI.
If Husso and Martin can continue to keep playing at a high level, San Antonio could very well become a playoff team as the calendar gets ready to flip to 2018.
Samuel Blais: After getting sent back down to the Rampage, Sam Blais continued where he left off. His power play goal at the 17:51 mark of the third period clinched the win for San Antonio, dashing any hopes of a comeback by the Monsters.
The goal was Blais’ sixth of the season and it gives Rampage fans a nice look to the future with Husso, Blais, and Tage Thompson.
Tage Thompson: The St. Louis Blues prospect had a two point night on Thursday night, assisting on two of the Rampage goals. Thompson assisted on Butler’s second period goal and Blais’ tally in the third period.
Thompson’s assists were his eighth and ninth respectively on the season. With the Rampage beginning a new affiliation agreement with the Blues next year, the play from their prospects on Thursday will likely leave the Silver and Black faithful smiling.
The Rampage are now 14-10-2-0 (30 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Friday when they welcome the Rockford IceHogs (15-10-1-0) to the AT&T Center at 7:30 p.m.