Box Score | Game Notes
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (February 23, 2013) – The San Antonio Rampage (24-24-1-4) secured a winning record on the Rodeo Road Trip with a 6-3 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins (29-18-2-2), 6-3, Saturday night at Van Andel Arena.
The win improved the Rampage to 5-2-1-0 on the Rodeo Road Trip and pulled the club back to a .500 record. With a victory tomorrow in a rematch against the Griffins, the Rampage would set the franchise record on the Rodeo Road Trip in terms of winning percentage.
Zach Hamill and Quinton Howden both tallied three points and three other Rampage players tallied multi-point games en route to tying a season-high with six goals scored. Netminder Dov Grumet-Morris stopped 40 of the 43 shots he faced on the night and was named the Second Star of the Game for his efforts.
Entering the game, the Griffins were one of the best teams in the league in the first period, outscoring opponents, 51-35. However, the Rampage got the best of the Griffins in the opening 20 minutes on Saturday night.
After being shutout in Peoria on Friday, Hamill did not wait long to get San Antonio on the board. He lit the lamp for the Rampage just 37 seconds into the game. With his three points on the night, he leads the club on the Rodeo Road Trip with 10 points (four goals, six assists).
Following Hamill’s goal, the Rampage were held without a shot for 17:18. But San Antonio capitalized on their third shot of the game while on a 4-on-3 power play at 17:55. Greg Rallo collected a rebound off a Brian O’Hanley shot to make it, 2-0.
Griffins’ leading scorer, Gustav Nyquist, would get one back for Grand Rapids on the power play at 9:46 of the second period when his shot from the right circle beat Grumet-Morris to make it 2-1.
Howden would answer for the Rampage when he forced his way into the Griffins’ zone on the left wing and fired the puck into the back of the net at 12:09 of the second period.
Scott Timmins would close the scoring in the middle frame when he deflected in an Eric Selleck shot past Griffins goaltender Tom McCollum at 16:00 of the second period to give San Antonio a 3-1 lead.
The Rampage had only fired 12 shots on goal in the first two periods, but beat McCollum three times in the first 40 minutes. Entering the game, McCollum held a 1-6-0 record against the Rampage in seven starts.
Brendon Nash would give the Rampage their biggest lead of the night when he fired a one-timer that beat McCollum high at 1:04 of the third period. The goal was Nash’s third on the road trip. Along with an assist on the first goal of the game, Nash has recorded four points in his last four games.
Riley Sheahan and Mitch Callahan would score at 8:48 and 15:06 of the third period, respectively, to bring the Griffins back to within two goals, but Howden tallied his second of the night into an empty net to secure the 6-3 victory for San Antonio.
A night after getting shutout on the power play for the first time in three games, San Antonio went 2-for-6 on the man advantage. The Griffins won the shot battle, 43-21, and went 2-for-6 with the man advantage, as well.
The Rampage will close out the Rodeo Road Trip tomorrow with a rematch against the Griffins at 3:00 p.m.
The Silver and Black will return to AT&T Center on Saturday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. to host their annual Military Appreciation Night. Individual and season tickets can be purchased at the AT&T Center Southeast Box Office, by calling a Rampage representative at 210-444-5554 or online at sarampage.com