While the Florida Panthers were busy stringing together their first three game win streak of the season, their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, were having a tough week losing three of their four games.
It was kind of a wild week down in San Antonio as they saw their starting goalie, Jacob Markstrom, get called up to the Panthers and then they subsequently traded backup Dov Grumet-Morris. That meant goaltending duties would fall on the 21-year-old Michael Houser.
Jacob Markstrom was called up to the Panthers on Thursday after Tim Thomas left practice with a lower body injury. Before that however Markstrom got the start with San Antonio on Tuesday night against the Charlotte Checkers. Markstrom stopped 26 of 28 but the Rampage ended up losing 2-1. San Antonio faced Charlotte again on Thursday, this time with Michael Houser in net, but they were unable to get anything going as they fell 3-2.
San Antonio returned home with a Saturday night win against the Chicago Wolves. Houser made 34 saves on 37 shots and the Rampage received goal from Jed Ortmeyer, Garrett Wilson, Quinton Howden and Bobby Butler en route to the 4-3 win. The Rampage completed their week with a 5-2 loss to the Texas Stars on Sunday.
Drew Shore and Greg Rallo were the most productive Rampage players throughout the week. Rallo tallied two goals and two assists in the four games. His goal on Sunday against the Stars was his 100th point with the San Antonio Rampage. He is currently tied for second on the team with 18 points (7-11-18). Drew Shore has still not scored a goal this season (25 GP) but his five assists last week brought his season total to 14, the most on the team.
San Antonio is now 11-15-0-2 and with 24 points they currently occupy fourth place in the five team West Division. The Rampage are on the road this week starting Wednesday against the Stars and continuing Friday and Saturday with games against the Milwaukee Admirals and Iowa Wild respectively.
The Cincinnati Cyclones had a steady week going 2-1 in their three games. The Cyclones lost Tuesday 3-1 at home against the Kalamazoo Wings before going on the road to defeat the Toledo Walleye, 3-2 on Wednesday, and the Wings 5-2 on Friday. Cincinnati is now 14-8-0-1 and with 29 points they sit in first place in the North Division.
The Cyclones are led by 23-year-old Panther prospect Wade Megan. Megan tallied two goals and one assist last week to bring his point total to 19 (12-7-19) in 15 games played.