SAN ANTONIO – A 28 save night from Ville Husso lifted the San Antonio Rampage to a 4-0 opening night victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins (0-2-0) in front of 7,386 fans at the AT&T Center on Saturday night.
The victory saw the Rampage snap a seven-game losing streak to Grand Rapids and saw Drew Bannister pick up his first win in his AHL and Rampage coaching debut.
“I think it was a strong performance from us,” Bannister said. “I liked our third, we limited their chances and were able to capitalize on some chances there. Overall, I’m happy with how we responded in the second period.”
The Rampage opened the scoring at the 16:12 mark of the first period when a mistake from the Griffins went past goaltender Harri Sateri to put San Antonio up a goal. The tally would stand as the lone of the opening frame.
San Antonio added to their lead in the second period when Joey LaLeggia sent a one-timer past Sateri, putting the Silver and Black up two goals. The goal was the first power-play goal of the season for the Rampage.
In the third period, the Rampage added two goals from Adam Musil and Ryan Olsen to finalize the scoring.
Here is what went good and bad for the Rampage on Saturday, as well as three standout players: Ville Husso, Adam Musil, and Joey LaLeggia.
- With the win, San Antonio has now won four of its last five season openers.
- Ville Husso looks to be in midseason form.
- The Rampage snapped an eight-game winless to Grand Rapids dating back to last season.
- San Antonio’s power play went 1-for-4 on the night.
- There was very little bad about the Rampage’s shutout win over Grand Rapids.
Three Standout Players:
Husso had a solid night in net, appearing to be in midseason form already. The goaltender’s play in net saw him become the only goalie in the first two days of action record a shutout.
He stopped all 28 shots he faced in the win, giving him the sixth whitewash of his career. Husso had four last season with San Antonio.
“It was a good game and we all played a solid game,” Husso said. “It made it really easy to be in the net.”
Musil is back for another stint with the Rampage and if his opening night play is anything to go by, he will be making San Antonio fans very happy this season.
He had a goal in the third period and was a +1 on the night. His lone shot was his goal and he had a solid forecheck on the night.
Joey LaLeggia comes to San Antonio from Bakersfield and he quickly made himself at home by depositing a puck into the back of the net.
He blasted a one-timer for a power-play goal and gave the Rampage a two-goal lead. Bannister and the Rampage will hope that LaLeggia can have a solid scoring season after San Antonio struggled on the man advantage last season.
“We’re going to have to do some clean up and work on a few things,” Bannister said. “We’ll do some tune up and get ready for Tuesday.”
The Rampage are now 1-0-0 (2 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Tuesday when they welcome the Milwaukee Admirals (1-0-0, 2 points) to the AT&T Center at 7 pm CT.