I know exactly what you’re thinking this morning. I am sick of playing the Texas Stars. Well good news! As of last night’s game the Ads finished off the season series with the Stars. Bring on the San Antonio Rampage! …who also know how tough those Stars can be.
Like the Stars, the Ads will play four games with the San Antonio Rampage. This is their first meeting of the 2013-14 season. Last year they met twice with the Ads winning 5-4 at home and getting shutout 1-0 in the road contest. The year before that they did play four games against each other and the Ads managed to win three out of four.
So, who exactly are the Rampage?
For starters they are a team under brand spankin’ new management as of Friday. The new head coach of the Rampage, Tom Rowe, replaces one time Admiral head coach and long time Nashville Predators assistant coach Peter Horachek who was named the head coach of the Florida Panthers on an interim basis. Rowe has a great background of coaching experience that includes being the head coach of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL last season. His first game as head coach of the Rampage resulted in a comeback victory over the Oklahoma City Barons, 3-2 in a shootout. While Rowe seems more than up to the task of his position it still shakes up a camp having a coaching change. There is a new voice barking orders and getting the right lines on the ice. In his first game as Rampage coach the team was called for “too many men on the ice” twice. Expect a team that is still getting used to a different voice on the bench.
Trocheck is a native of Pittsburgh who was drafted in the third round (sixty-fourth overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. This is his first season of professional hockey and the 20-year old has played very well. In twelve games he has scored 6 goals and 6 assists. He scored the game tying goal in the Rampage’s shootout win last night. He’ll be the young gun to keep an eye on against the Ads.
Zanon is as tough as they come. A relentless defensive presence with zero regard for the human body… namely his own because he tends to block shots in his sleep. While the NHL is where Zanon would like to be, having played a career 493 games in the NHL, he starts the season in San Antonio as a veteran leader of a young Rampage team. If there were any player to pick out on this roster as the man players need to look up to, it’s Zanon.
Thoughts on the Rampage? Will the Ads end their two game skid today? What are your memories of Greg Zanon in Milwaukee?