SAN JOSE – The San Antonio Rampage fell 5-3 to the San Jose Barracuda at the SAP Center on Wednesday night as they continued their California road trip.
The loss will likely sting for the Silver and Black, who played a decent game in the second game of a back-to-back swing. San Antonio had its bright spots, but it was their special team that would be the difference.
Here is what went good and bad for the Rampage, as well as three standout players: A.J. Greer, Tage Thompson, and Brendan Ranford.
- A.J. Greer continued his scoring streak and Tage Thompson continued his point streak.
- San Antonio played a much more even second period as they traded goals with San Jose and kept up in the shots category.
- The Rampage’s penalty kill was not up to par, giving up 3-for-7 chances to the Barracuda.
- On the flip side, San Antonio went scoreless on all four of their power play opportunities.
- Sam Brittain struggled in his season debut, giving up four goals. Overall, Brittain stopped 25 of 29 shots in the loss.
Three Standout Players:
A.J. Greer: The Rampage left winger continued his scoring streak as he netted his fourth of the season in the second period. The tally was Greer’s third in his last four games, making him one of the hottest players for the Silver and Black offense along with Tage Thompson.
Greer is only in San Antonio simply because there is no room for him on a stacked Colorado Avalanche roster. With that said, Rampage nation is very glad he in the Alamo City. Greer is he is just getting started and with his offense just being to spark.
Tage Thompson: The St. Louis Blues prospect continued his streak of points on Wednesday in the tail end of a back to back for San Antonio. Thompson notched his fifth assist of the season on Greer’s second period tally, that goes along with the two goals in the past three games.
The importance of this is it shows the chemistry is there between Thompson and Greer and with more time on the ice together, it could make the Rampage a very dangerous offensive team in the future and as the season goes on.
Brendan Ranford: Ranford got the Rampage on the board in the second period and that proves huge for the Rampage down the line. The Silver and Black were killed by Ranford while he was with the Texas Stars.
Now they’re hoping he can do the same for them in a Rampage sweater.
Up next: The Rampage are now 11-6-1-0 on the season and will have the next two nights off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. The team will return to the ice on Saturday against the Bakersfield Condors at 9 p.m.