The Rampage Report: April 9, 2012

It was a battle of the Swedes Wednesday night in San Antonio as the Rampage looked to sweep the Chicago Wolves for the first time in ten years.  Jacob Markström would get the start for the Rampage in goal with his former back up for Brynäs IF , Eddie Läck, starting in net  for the Wolves. The Rampage got the first goal of the game with 4 minutes remaining in the first period when Wacey Rabbit fed the puck to defender Roman Derlyuk who was coming down the center of the ice. That goal was the lone goal of the game until almost the 15 minute mark of the second period when Michael Davies tied the score at 1. Midway through the third, Mike Caruso passed to Rampage Captain Nolan Yonkman from behind the net, who saucered a cross ice pass to Scott Timmins. Timmins then skated up the side of the rink and shot the puck. Läck made the initial save, but proceeded to drop the puck which trickled behind him and across the goal line. This would be the game winning goal for the Rampage as they rolled to a 2-1 victory beating the Wolves for the 4th and final time this season.

Saturday night, Jacob Markström made his 5th consecutive start  as the Ramapge welcomed the Milwaukee Admirals to the AT&T Center for the 1st of 2 games over the next week. It took the Admirals less than 4 minutes to get the puck past Markström. The Admirals struck again before the first period ended and the Rampage found themselves down 2-0 at the end of 20 minutes of play. Bracken Kearns cut the Admirals lead in half when he scored at the end of the second period to make the score 2-1. Ryan Flynn scored his second goal of the night for the Admirals in the last minute of play when the Rampage pulled their goalie in hopes of scoring a goal. This empty net goal gave the Admirals a 3-1 win.

The Rampage and Admirals will be back at it on Tuesday night at 7:05 pm CST in San Antonio.  The race for a spot in the post season is hotter than ever as only 2 teams in the Western Conference have clinched playoff berths with less than one week remaining in the season. The San Antonio Rampage (38-29-3-2) have 81 points and currently hold the 9th spot in the West. The Rampage are one of 7 teams who are fighting for one of the 4 remaining playoff spots. Only 3 points separate these 7 teams, so it will definitely be an intense week to finish out the regular season. San Antonio has 4 remaining games in the season, 3 of which are at home. They will play Milwaukee again on Tuesday and host the Texas Stars on Friday before traveling to Houston to take on the Aeros for the final Road game of the season Saturday. The Rampage close out the regular season Sunday afternoon at home against the 1st place Oklahoma City Barons.

Watch: Highlights from the San Antonio Rampage vs. Chicago Wolves Game April 4, 2012


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