The big news coming out of San Antonio had nothing to do with hockey but rather with Scott Timmins‘ debauched breaking and entering. The San Antonio Rampage did in fact play two games this weekend. On Friday, the Rampage outlasted the Texas Stars 5-4 in a shootout. Greg Rallo led the way for the Rampage scoring his 18th and 19th goals of the season. The shootout lasted 12 rounds and was the longest in San Antonio Rampage history. The goaltenders had the upper hand in the skills competition, with the teams only managing five combined goals on 24 attempts. Speaking of goaltenders, Dov Grumet-Morris, who has seen his playing time increase with Jacob Markstrom‘s move to the NHL, stopped 36 out of the 40 shots he faced in regulation and overtime and stopped 10 of 12 shootout attempts.
On Sunday, the Rampage received a boost with the return of forward Jonathan Rheault from the Panthers but it was not enough as the team fell 3-2 to the Oklahoma City Barons. Perhaps more important than the game itself was the promotion held at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. It was Pucks and Paws Night on Sunday and the game was played “in front of 6,858 fans and more than 300 dogs”. This needed to happen in the NHL yesterday. Can you imagine if they did this at say a Canadiens home game? 18,500 screaming fans 3,000 stressed out dogs, it would be an instant classic! Scott Timmins must have found a rowdy group of dogs to party with after the game, they probably drank like animals all night! The jukebox choice of the night was definitely “Who Let the Dogs Out“. (Okay, I’m sorry, I’m done.)
The Rampage (26-26-1-4) are currently 8 points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Rampage play a pupless home game against the Barons tonight. Their weekend includes home games Friday and Sunday.
The Cincinnati Cyclones continued their winning ways easily defeating their opponents in a pair of home games over the weekend. On Friday the Cyclones shutout the Toledo Walleye 3-0. Michael Houser got his second shutout of the season stopping all 24 shots he faced. On Saturday the Cyclones easily handled the Evansville Icemen in a 5-2 win. Matt Smyth recorded a hat trick for Cincinnati giving him six goals on the season. The Cyclones are now 9-1 in their last ten games bringing their record to 40-17-5-2. They lead the Eastern Conference by three points.
The Cyclones embark on a six game road trip this weekend playing the Trenton Titans on Friday and the Reading Royals on Saturday. The Royals are second in the East right now so Saturday’s game should be a great matchup.