“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness.”
In what can only be best described by Charles Dickens, the road woes continued for the Rampage as the team dropped three straight road games on the heels of eleven straight home wins. The losses included two matinee losses over the weekend to the lowly Manitoba Moose (Winnipeg Jets AHL Affiliate) and one to the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators AHL Affiliate). The Rampage are now 4-15-1-0 away from home.
The four-game winning streak came to end Saturday when recently named CCM/AHL Player of the Week, Eric Comrie stopped 37 of 38 Rampage shots. The lone goal came courtesy of Blues prospect Austin Poganski. The Moose scored four goals of their own, defeating the Rampage by a final score of 4-1. Unfortunately, this would be the best effort the team could muster during the 3-game trip.
The game Sunday featured more of the same from both clubs, as the Moose bested the Rampage by a score of 4-2. Rampage netminder Jared Coreau was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 12 shots. Back-up Devin Williams, finished the game for the Rampage, making 5 saves on 5 shots. Poganski and Joey LaLeggia tallied for the Silver and Black.
The Rampage then traveled south to Milwaukee to face the Admirals on Tuesday night. San Antonio found themselves down 3-0 within the first five minutes of the game and the situation would only get worse. LaLeggia netted his second goal of the road trip to make the score 3-1 before the end of the first period. Milwaukee, however, would add three more goals of their own, making the score 6-1 heading into the third period.
Rookie Nolan Stevens scored just 1:55 into the third but hopes of a comeback were ended by Yakov Trenin of the Admirals, who scored just 16 seconds later. LaLeggia added one more goal for the Rampage, bringing his total to 3 for the road trip. His goal would make the lopsided score slightly more respectable, but the final of 7-3 would mark the third loss in four days for San Antonio.
The Rampage now sit at 21-21-1-0, 6th place in the AHL’s Central Division, two points ahead of last place Manitoba, and just one point ahead of the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks AHL Affiliate). San Antonio will have a chance to get back on track and continue their home winning streak Friday at 7:30 PM CST against the San Diego Gulls (Anaheim Ducks AHL Affiliate). The Rampage will also become Los Chimuelos De San Antonio for the evening, donning specialty jerseys originally worn back in October to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead.
Blues Prospects Update
Austin Poganski has really stepped his game up lately, as the Rampage have struggled to find offense in the wake of call-ups, injuries, and the unexpected termination of Brian Flynn’s contract. The St. Cloud, MN native earned 4 points during the recent road trip, racking up 2 goals and 2 assists. The 6’2″ right winger now has 7 goals and 11 assists on the season. Poganski was drafted by St. Louis, out of the University of North Dakota, in the 4th round, 110th overall, in the 2014 Entry Draft.
Nolan Stevens returned from injury and grabbed a goal on Tuesday, recording his first goal since exactly one month ago when he tallied a goal and an assist against rival Texas Stars (Dallas Stars AHL Affiliate). Stevens was a fairly prolific scorer for Northeastern University, recording 118 points over 132 games played. The Brantford, ONT native was drafted by St. Louis in the 5th round, 125th overall, in the 2016 Entry Draft.