Happy New Year everyone! The holidays are over and we’ve turned a new leaf. The Rampage also looks to turn over their own leaf, but so far the results have been lackluster.
Having broken a 7-game losing streak heading into the Christmas break, the Rampage split a home and home with the Texas Stars. Losing the first game in a shootout and winning the second game in overtime. Klim Kostin looked good in both games netting the winner in OT and, going 2-2-4. It would appear his shoulder is healed up nicely. Mike Vecchione also notched his 100th career AHL point against the Stars.
Next up was a two-game home series with the Grand Rapids Griffins, the affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. The first game was Friday night. After falling behind by two in the first two periods, Nathan Walker came up big and potted a Mitch Reinke feed. The goal was his 16th of the season. It extended his scoring streak to four games, the first for the team this season. Kostin also notched a goal in the third, scoring in three consecutive games. The Griffins, however, never lost hold of their two-goal lead and ended the Rampage’s three-game point streak.
Sunday brought a matinee showdown with the Griffins. The puck dropped at 3 pm and the tilt was on. The game was a back and forth affair with the teams trading chances and goals most of the match. Klim Kostin would tie Walker’s scoring streak (which ended in this game). We also saw goals from Tanner Kaspick, Andreas Borgman, and a pair from Nolan Stevens. Stevens also gets credit for putting in the game-winner with just under 4 minutes left in the game, it was his 7th this season.
The Rampage currently sit in 6th place in the Central Division, 10th in the West, and 23rd in the league. They’ve bagged 35 points in 36 games and I don’t think I have to explain that’s not going to get you very far. The good news for Blues fans is this. The Power Play sits at 3rd in the West and the Penalty Kill is 5th. This means, although the roster is depleted between injuries and call-ups, the systems are working. And the call-ups from San Antonio who have come up to the big club and slotted in well as we’ve seen all season. Those call-ups affect the AHL team, but the big club comes first.
5 goals and 5 cellys that are worth rewatching 🤷🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/bCFWJEgLw3
— San Antonio Rampage (@sarampage) January 6, 2020
Although Nathan Walker busted through the gates early this season, and Klim Kostin has been steady rolling as of late, neither men got the All-Star nod. That honor alone belongs to defenseman Derrick Pouliot. Pouliot currently sits at 5-23-28 with two power-play goals. The AHL All-Star Classic will be held Jan. 26-27 in Ontario, CA.