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San Antonio, TX — After a rough two-game stretch in northern Colorado to end the 2019 edition of the Rodeo Road trip, the Rampage returned home for two games this past weekend on Friday night and Sunday afternoon. San Antonio (26-26-6-0) faced-off against the Milwaukee Admirals (24-22-12-1, Nashville Predators AHL affiliate) and came away from the weekend with 3 of a possible 4 points and their home regulation unbeaten streak still intact.
The Rampage were shutout by the Colorado Eagles in the final game of their road trip and were shutout for a majority of the game Friday night as the Admirals built a 2-0 lead heading into the third period. San Antonio finally broke their scoreless streak of five plus periods when Klim Kostin (7) scored on the powerplay at 10:36 of the third. From just inside the far circle Kostin threw a pass towards Ryan Olsen who initially appeared to kick the puck past Admirals goalie Troy Grosenick. After a lengthy review, it was determined the puck deflected off a Milwaukee skate and the goal stood. Chris Butler (16) and Joey LaLeggia (19) were awarded the assists.
With under two minutes remaining, the Rampage were on the powerplay. Goalie Jared Coreau was pulled. San Antonio Captain Chris Butler (3) tied the game up at 2-2 with a precision shot from the far point. Austin Poganski (19) and Sammy Blais (11) were credited with the assists. Regulation ended with the scored knotted at 2-2 and the teams would head to overtime. After a few scoring chances at both ends of the ice, it was Milwaukee Captain Jarred Tinordi (5) who would win it with just 57 seconds left in the extra period.
San Antonio went 2-for-6 on the powerplay and Jared Coreau made 19 saves on 22 shots. The Rampage outshot the Admirals 29-22 for the game.
Three Stars of the Game
1st – Jarred Tinordi (MIL) -1G (GWG)
2nd – Chris Butler (SA) – 1G, 1A
3rd – Klim Kostin (SA) – 1G
San Antonio would start a bit sluggishly on Sunday afternoon but still opened the scoring at 10:13 of the first on a tap-in goal from Jordan Nolan (15). Mitch Reinke (29) grabbed the first of his record-breaking three points when he fed a pass to Nolan from the bottom of the left circle. Trevor Smith (11) picked up the secondary assist. The Admirals pulled level 1-1 at 19:02 of the first period but Jordan Kyrou (15) answered for the Rampage just 43 seconds later to giving San Antonio a 2-1 lead to end the first period. Bobby MacIntyre (10) found Kyrou in the slot and after a great move to create space, Kyrou’s shot found the back of the net. Olsen (11) grabbed the second assist on the play.
At 6:07 of the second, Tanner Kaspick (3) increased the Rampage lead to 3-1 when he buried a shot past Grosenick’s blocker from the low slot. Joey LaLeggia battled along the end boards and made a great pass to find Kaspick skating in on net. Adam Musil (6) added the secondary helper. Reinke (7) scored a powerplay goal at 14:48 when his shot from the top of the far circle beat Grosenick over his right shoulder. Kyrou (24) and Nolan (12) both picked up their second points of the night with the assists.
It was all Milwaukee in the third period as they scored three straight goals, tying the game at 4-4. The Admirals would score two goals 46 seconds apart after a scary moment when Admirals defenseman Scott Savage was stretchered off the ice as a result of an awkward hit/collision with Conner Bleackley. The Rampage came close to winning the game in regulation when a shot trickled past Grosenick and the goal horn sounded. After a short review the referees confirmed the puck never crossed the goal line despite the celebrations from the Rampage players. Regulation time ended tied once again for the second game in a row, though this time the score was doubled at 4-4.
San Antonio was given an early chance to win the game when Adam Helewka took a hooking penalty just 22 seconds into overtime. The Rampage needed just 11 seconds of the 4-on-3 powerplay to end the game. Kyrou (25), Reinke and Smith (12) played catch before Reinke (8) threaded a wrister through traffic from the high slot. The Rampage went 2-for-7 with the man advantage. Ville Husso made 26 saves on 30 shots. Milwaukee outshot the Rampage 30-23 for the game. San Antonio’s regulation home unbeaten streak now sits at 16 games.
Three Stars of the Game
1st – Mitch Reinke (SA) – 2G, 1A (GWG)
2nd – Jordan Kyrou (SA) – 1G, 2A
3rd – Jordan Nolan (SA) – 1G, 1A
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The Rampage will face the Chicago Wolves (Vegas Golden Knights AHL affiliate) at 10:30 am CST on Tuesday, March 5th from the AT&T Center. Though San Antonio sits in last place in the Central division, only five points separate 4th through 8th place in what is an extremely tight divisional race to the playoffs. The Wolves (33-18-5-1) come into the match-up tied for first with 72 points. The Rampage, however, have defeated Chicago in three out of four meetings this year, including twice on the road. With all but one of their final 18 games against divisional opponents, the Rampage need as many points as possible to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Blues Prospects Update
Mitch Reinke. Mitch Reinke. MITCH REINKE! His name has given San Antonio fans a lot to celebrate this season, and now the rookie defenseman is celebrating something of his own. With his three points on Sunday, Reinke broke the record for most points by a San Antonio rookie defenseman in a season, passing the previous mark of 34 set by Keith Yandle over 13 years ago. With 37 points, the Stillwater, MN native can now break the points record for any defenseman, which stands at 49, set by Sean Sullivan during the 2009-2010 season.
The undrafted prospect out of Michigan Tech University is not only scoring but scoring in big situations, most recently on Sunday when he scored the game-winning overtime goal for the Rampage. Six of his eight goals have come on the powerplay, where the Rampage had struggled earlier in the season. The Rampage have now crept up to fourth in the division (14th in the league) in powerplay percentage at 19.4%. Blues fans may have a lot to look forward in this young defenseman in the coming seasons.