Rampage wrap up homestand with two straight wins
The Silver and Black post impressive wins over Rochester and Texas.
The San Antonio Rampage posted back-to-back wins over Rochester and Texas to finish up a four-game homestand with a 3-1 record. The Rampage have now won six of nine since the calender turned to 2015.
Rampage 5, Americans 3
The Rampage broke up a tight game with four straight tallies to erase a one-goal deficit en route to a 5-3 win over the Rochester Americans. South Florida native Andrew Yogan opened the scoring with a rebound goal assisted by Wade Megan and John McFarland at 7:07. Mikhail Grigorenko responded later in the frame for the Amerks to even the game. Rochester took the lead at the 7:56 mark of the second on a Zac Dalpe goal. Bobby Butler bagged his sixteenth goal, from Jonathan Racine and Brett Olson, to knot the game at two. The Rampage jumped ahead when Corban Knight set up Mark Mancari for his eighth at 13:32. Connor Brickley lit the lamp, with Mancari and Knight collecting the helpers, with 1:06 remaining in the frame to put San Antonio up by two. Ryan Martindale scored early in the third to cap the Silver and Black's torrid run. Racine and Logan Shaw combined to set up Martindale's seventh of the campaign. Rochester's Grigorenko notched his second of the contest to complete the scoring. Dan Ellis made 30 saves to post the victory while Matt Hackett finished with 23 stops in a losing effort for the Americans.
Rampage 5, Stars 2
San Antonio posted their second straight win with a 5-2 decision over cross-state rivals, the Texas Stars, on Tuesday. Texas' Jesse Root struck 4:40 into the first period to open the scoring. Ryan Martindale replied for the Rampage less than two minutes later to even the game. Rocco Grimaldi and Jonathan Racine drew the helpers on Martindale's tally. Connor Brickley and Logan Shaw scored 69 seconds apart midway through the second period to put San Antonio up by a 3-1 count. Blake Parlett picked up assists on both goals while Mark Mancari got the secondary helper on Brickley's. Corban Knight bagged his first goal with Rampage at the 1:43 mark of the third, from Steven Kampfer, to put the Silver and Black up by three. Bobby Butler notched his seventeenth just over a minute later from Brett Olson and Garrett Wilson. The Stars completed the scoring when Scott Glennie converted with Texas on a power play at 8:11. Dan Ellis stopped 22 shots to raise his record to 18-8-1. Jack Campbell got tagged with the loss, finishing with 21 saves.
In Rampage news: Alex Petrovic was named to the AHL All-Star Classic's Western Conference roster. Petrovic will take the place of Bobby Butler, who will be unable to attend.
San Antonio (23-13-3-0) hits the road for two games in Cleveland versus the Lake Erie Monsters tonight and Saturday. Saturday's game can be seen live on Fox Sports Southwest if your provider carries it.
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