Let’s all pretend these last two games never happened. There have been some really good things done by the Admirals against the Oklahoma City Barons but darn near every mistake made against them seemed to be promptly and swiftly punished. They’re a good team. That should be expected if errors are made. The lesson is simply to learn and push on for the next game. Carrying that bad form or mindset into the next contest helps no one. Well, except for the rest of the Western Conference competitors looking to gain ground that is.
~San Antonio Rampage~
The San Antonio Rampage enter tonight’s game with a record of 33-19-5-1 (72 points). They are second in the West Division and trail the Barons by 6 points for the divisional lead. Their record slots them in fifth place in the current Western Conference standings which is the spot ahead of the Admirals in sixth. They are separated by 2 points but the Admirals have played an additional game that the Rampage have.
In their last ten games the Rampage are 5-3-1-1 (12 points) and are currently riding a three-game point streak. They have a +13 goal differential (189 GF, 176 GA), the sixth ranked power-play (overall) 19.1%, fourteenth ranked power-play (home) 16.3%, nineteenth ranked penalty kill (overall) 82.3%, and twenty-third ranked penalty (home) 82.0%.
~Who What Now~
There are quite a few quality scorers on the Rampage that are all well worth listing: Bobby Butler, 50 points (24 goals, 26 assists)… Mark Mancari, 40 points (11 goals, 29 assists)… Connor Brickley, 34 points (19 goals, 15 assists)… Garrett Wilson, 30 points (19 goals, 11 assists).
Also, you may notice some bloke by the name of Dany Heatley on San Antonio’s roster. This is no joke. This is that Dany Heatley. His wild up, down, and around season has led to him playing AHL hockey with the Rampage. He’s only played 3 games for them so far without a point of offense but it would be foolish to think that will remain the case as their season continues.
Outside of the guns up top there is a delightfully familiar name in San Antonio for us Admirals fans, Greg Zanon. This season he has played in 57 games for the Rampage with a total of 22 points (3 goals, 19 assists), a plus/minus of +11, and 36 penalty minutes.
Another familiar name within our system is Wade Megan. For those who have followed along with the Cincinnati Cyclones in the ECHL you’ll have tracked his work which has led to a decent AHL stint with the Rampage this year. He has managed to play 42 games while scoring 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists).
With the Florida Panthers recent fun goaltending situation, it means that the Admirals will be facing the Rampages without the man who has had the better majority of games in net this season for them – Dan Ellis.
Instead, another former-Cyclones product, Michael Houser, has stepped up into the main role. This season Houser has played in 25 games, has a record of 11-8-3-1, 2.93 goals against average, 0.899 save percentage, and a shutout.
What are you thinking about the Admirals as the stroll into this game? Will their heads be on straight for tonight’s game or will last night’s third period spill into tonight?