In Saturday night’s 3-1 loss the Rampage came across a familiar foe in Wolves goaltender Jake Allen. Allen single handedly willed the Wolves to a 2-1 win last Friday in San Antonio’s home opener stopping 41 of 42 shots. The 23-year-old Blues prospect put on another stellar performance in Chicago stopping 30 of 31 shots faced. On the other end, Dov Grumet-Morris made 29 saves on 32 shots in the losing effort.
The Rampage salvaged their weekend with a 4-2 win on Sunday. It was a game of firsts for the Rampage as Vincent Trocheck scored his first two professional goals and Michael Houser picked up his first AHL victory in his AHL debut.
Trocheck scored two third period goals 5:22 apart to put the Rampage up 4-2. The Panthers have high hopes for Trocheck. The 20-year-old Pittsburgh native led the OHL in scoring last season (50-59-109) and was awarded the Red Tilson Trophy given to the league’s most outstanding player.
Michael Houser stopped 28 of 30 shots en route to his first AHL victory. Interestingly enough, Houser won the Red Tislon Trophy in 2011-12, one year before Trocheck. So if it means anything, the Rampage have the last two OHL MVPs on their roster.
San Antonio’s other two goals came courtesy of the teams defensemen. Alex Petrovic got the scoring started in the first with his second goal of the season and Mike Mottau beat the buzzer in the second period firing a puck home just as the horn sounded. Jed Ortmeyer, Joey Crabb, Bobby Butler, Alex Petrovic, Greg Rallo and Colby Robak each had an assist.
The Rampage play a home and away back-to-back this Friday and Saturday against the Texas Stars.