The San Antonio Rampage got their season underway splitting a pair of weekend home games. The Rampage lost their home opener 2-1 against the Chicago Wolves on Friday night but bounced back on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over the Rockford IceHogs.
San Antonio fell 2-1 to the Chicago Wolves Friday night despite outshooting their opposition 42-23. Wolves goaltender, and St. Louis Blues prospect, Jake Allen was the difference in the game as he stopped 41 of 42 shots faced. In net for the Rampage was Dov Grumet-Morris who stopped 21 of 23.
Scott Clemmensen got the start on Saturday against the Rockford IceHogs, and backstopped the Rampage to a 3-1 victory. Dominating the game flow for the second straight game, the Rampage outshot Rockford 56-25. Jon Matsumoto scored twice and Alex Petrovic scored the other goal for San Antonio. Quinton Howden, Vincent Trocheck, Colby Robak, Greg Rallo, and Philippe Cornet each tallied an assist in the game.
Clemmensen is ostensibly with the Rampage rehabbing his knee but he did clear waivers to get to San Antonio so the Panthers could keep him there if they want to keep Jacob Markstrom with the Panthers. Clemmensen is looking at his stint in San Antonio as an extended preseason but he acknowledges that his future with the Panthers is not cut and dry.
“For me this is my training camp. My goal is to prepare myself and get my body healthy. After that, who knows?” Celmmensen told the San Antonio Express-News.
The Rampage are off to a promising start and the way they played this weekend, they could easily be 2-0. It is good to see the team dominating the shot totals and it is also good to see the team’s big name prospects getting on the scoresheet. If it is true that the Panthers have one of the top farm systems in the league, it would be logical to assume that the Rampage would be one of the best teams in the AHL. Players like Quinton Howden, Alex Petrovic, Vincent Trocheck, and Colby Robak are all borderline NHLers. If they can lead the Rampage to a strong record while consistently getting on the scoresheet it will be a good omen for their NHL futures.
San Antonio travels to Chicago next where they will play a back-to-back set against the Wolves on Saturday and Sunday, October 12-13.