The Hamilton Bulldogs visited the AT&T Center for the first time this season Wednesday night to take on the San Antonio Rampage. Scott Timmins fired a shot from the top of the face off circle to get the Rampage on the board first. Two minutes later Timmins along with defenseman Colby Robak set up Greg Rallo for Rallo’s 20th goal of the season, and the Rampage’s second goal of the night. The Bulldogs answered the Rampage’s goals with two of their own to tie the game at two with about 7 minutes remaining in the second period. Defender Mike Caruso went “top shelf where mama hides the cookies” to score the game winning goal for the Rampage. With the victory, San Antonio picked up two very important points and found themselves sitting in fourth place at the end of the night.
Saturday night the Rampage were in Rockford to face off against the Rockford Ice Hogs. Former Florida Panthers 1st round draft pick, Rostislav Olesz , capitalized on an Ice Hogs power play and gave Rockford a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period. San Antonio tied the game 7 minutes into the second period with a goal by Bracken Kearns. The Rampage lead 2-1 just 30 seconds after Kearns’ goal with Michal Repik finding the back of the net for the 19th time this season. Rockford matched San Antonio’s two second period goals, with Brandon Pirri and Olesz scoring before the 40 minute mark of the game. The Rampage headed into the third down one goal, but things changed after center Jon Matsumoto tied the game with 6 minutes left. Newly signed centerman, Drew Shore picked up his first AHL point with an assist on Matsumoto’s goal. The game remained tied at the end of regulation and overtime. Mark Cullen shot and scored first for the Rampage in the Shootout, and Rockford’s fourth shooter, Terry Broadhurst countered for the Ice Hogs. After the 7 round shootout, the Rampage emerged the victors with James Wright scoring the only other goal.
The Rampage traveled down to Peoria to play the Rivermen Sunday evening. After a scoreless first period, the Rivermen scored with only .5 seconds left in the second. That would be lone goal of the game, as the Rampage fell to the Rivermen 1-0. Jacob Markström started for the third straight time, and stopped 36 out of the 37 shots he faced.
The San Antonio Rampage (37-28-3-2) broke a record this weekend for most road wins in a season with 20. They are back at home on Wednesday night at 7pm CST to square off against the Chicago Wolves before taking on the Milwaukee Admirals Saturday. The Rampage currently hold the 6th spot in the Western Conference. Their 79 points put them in a tie with the Charlotte Checkers and Houston Aeros, and only one point behind the 4th place Abbotsford Heat.
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