(Photo: Jeff Hanisch / My San Antonio)
Milwaukee, WI– After a disheartening weekend series and a long day of travel the Rampage found themselves the victors on Monday night, defeating the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators AHL affiliate) 2-1. The win marks the first in Milwaukee since January 21, 2011, and more importantly, moves the Rampage within two points of a playoff spot. The win is also a first for the Silver and Black on this year’s Rodeo Road Trip; important considering the team is desperate for road wins this season.
Orange Justice Master Jordan Kyrou (see the video on Rampage Twitter) opened the scoring at 11:22 of the first when he buried a wrister from just outside the top of the right circle. Trevor Smith won a face-off and Jordan Nolan quickly tapped the puck back to Kyrou who one-timed a shot past Admirals goaltender Troy Grosenick on his glove side. The period ended 1-0, with the Rampage outshooting the Admirals 13-8.
The Admirals would grab the only goal of the second period on a goal from Adam Helewka. Fatigue appeared to be a factor as San Antonio took four penalties and were outshot 10-6 on the period. The Rampage, however, maintained a slight edge in shots at 19-18 through two periods.
San Antonio came out in the final period looking like a team determined to put the past behind them and grab their fifth road win of the season. A go-ahead powerplay goal from Mitch Reinke helped the Rampage do just that. Reinke started the play with a pass to Sammy Blais who played catch with Kyrou. As the two passed back and forth, Reinke snuck down to the bottom of the left circle. The rookie defenseman was then fed a beautiful cross-ice pass from Kyrou and one-timed the puck past Grosenick to give the Rampage a 2-1 lead at 4:30 of the third. San Antonio would hang on to the lead despite a potentially heart-breaking moment when it appeared the Admirals had tied the game late in the third. The goal was waved off by the closest referee to the net and after a quick discussion, it was determined the puck was deflected in by a high stick. No goal. Rampage Win. Final 2-1.
San Antonio outshot Milwaukee 9-7 in the third and 28-25 for the game. Jared Coreau stopped 24 of 25 shots and has been arguably the difference maker for the Rampage since being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks. Although he had been less than stellar on the road up until Monday night, if he can get hot as he has been at home, the Rampage would have great shot at making the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Three Stars of the Game
1st – Jordan Kyrou (SA) – 1G, 1A
2nd – Sammy Blais (SA) – 1A
3rd – Adam Helewka (MIL) – 1G
The Rampage will head East across Lake Michigan to face the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings AHL affiliate) in a back-to-back series on Friday and Saturday nights. Face-off is at 6:00 pm CST on Friday the 15th, and 6:00 pm CST on Saturday the 16th.
Blues Prospects Update
Mitch Reinke picked up his second point in as many games when he scored the game-winner on Monday night. It was just a matter of time before he found the net as the undrafted defenseman unleashed 6 of the 28 Rampage shots on the evening. He is now second on the team in points with 29, trailing only Kyrou who has 33 on the season. The 5’11’ Stillwater, MN native played two seasons at Michigan Tech before signing a two-year entry-level deal on March 25th, 2018. See Ray’s article: https://bluesrants.com/2018/06/18/mitch-reinke-who-is-mitch-reinke/ for a more in-depth look at the promising Blues prospect.
Sammy Blais had another solid game with the Silver and Black, and although his goal streak ended at four games, he picked up an assist on the game-winning goal. Blais was physical as always and even picked up a few questionable penalties that could have been non-calls. The 6’2″ left winger was drafted by St. Louis in the 6th round, 176th overall, in the 2014 Entry Draft, and has played 24 games for the Blues this year, scoring 2 goals and adding an assist.