Congratulations to the 2011 Calder Cup Champion Binghamton Senators!
SARampage.com tracked former Rampage players and their progress throughout the post season. Check out the results from the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs:
The Senators make their first playoff appearance since the 2005 season where they lost in the first round to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Senators defeated the Monarchs in an exciting seven-game series that including five games decided in overtime and move on to the next round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Binghamton defeated the Portland Pirates in a six-game series to claim the Atlantic Division Title. The Senators swept the Charlotte Checkers in a four-game series to win the Eastern Conference Finals outscoring the Checkers 21-8. Binghamton defeated the Houston Aeros in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Finals to become the AHL Champs.
The Aeros have made it to the postseason in eight of their last 10 seasons and won the Calder Cup in 2003. Houston swept the Peoria Rivermen in Round 1 of the Calder Cup Playoffs outscoring the Rivermen 14-7. The Aeros defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 4-2 in a decisive Game 7 to advance to the Western Conference Finals. The Aeros took a three-game lead in the Western Conference Finals but couldn’t hold on dropping the next three games to tie the series up at 3-3 against the Hamilton Bulldogs. However, a decisive Game 7 victory, a 4-3 win, advanced the Aeros to the Calder Cup Finals where they battled the Binghamton Senators. The Senators defeated the Aeros in Game 6 in Houston to become the Calder Cup Champions.
Jed Ortmeyer – skated in 20 games with the Rampage at the beginning of the 2010-11 season tallying two goals and one assist. Participated in his fourth AHL postseason appearance. He tallied a goal and an assist in Game 1 of the series against Peoria to earn the AHL’s first star. Ortmeyer appeared in 24 postseason games with the Aeros combining for 13 points on six goals and seven assists and a plus-2 rating with 76 shots on goal which ranked him second on the team in scoring. He was credited with the game-winning goal to help defeat the Bulldogs in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Ortmeyer scored the game-tying goal with just under two minutes left in regulation to send the game to overtime, and eventually double overtime, in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. He tallied two goals in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals to help the Aeros claim the first victory of the series.
Jon DiSalvatore – played in 66 Rampage games scoring 22 goals and adding 24 assists during the 2007-08 season. He also appeared in seven postseason games with the Rampage in 2008 posting two goals and one assist. In his fourth AHL postseason appearance, DiSalvatore appeared in 24 postseason contests posting seven goals and five assists on 58 shots. He posted a goal and two assists in Game 6 of the West Division Finals. He also tallied two goals in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, including the game-winning goal. DiSalvatore tallied the game-winning goal with 1:13 remaining in regulation of Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals to send the Aeros to the Calder Cup Finals. He scored a goal and added an assist on the game-winner in Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals. His power-play goal in Game 6 earned him the third star of the game.
Josh Tordjman – holds Rampage all-time goalie records in games played, minutes, wins and shutouts. In 172 Rampage games, he posted an 82-76-10 record and a 2.70 goals against average with a .910 save percentage from 2006-10. He earned the AHL Yanick Dupre Award and Rampage Man of the Year Award last season for his efforts in the San Antonio community. He played in six postseason contests with the Rampage in 2008 posting a 3-3-0 record including one shutout, a 1.85 goals against average, a .941 save percentage and one assist. He has appeared in one postseason contest with the Aeros playing 26 minutes with 15 saves on 18 shots in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
The Whale (formerly the Hartford Wolf Pack) have made the playoffs in 12 of their last 13 seasons, winning the Calder Cup in 2000. Connecticut was eliminated by Portland in a six-game series in the First Round.
Ryan Garlock – appeared in 71 games with the Rampage during the 2006-07 season scoring three goals and posting nine assists with 42 penalty minutes. Making his first AHL playoff appearance, Garlock played in four postseason games with the Whale tallying one assist.
Chad Kolarik – ranks in the top 10 on the Rampage all-time list in goals, assists, points and game-winning goals. He tallied 37 goals and 48 assists in 135 career games with the Rampage from 2007-2010. He also appeared in all seven Rampage playoff games during the 2008 playoff run leading the Rampage with four goals including a hat trick on April 18, 2008 to lead the Rampage to their first playoff victory in franchise history. After missing the first three games of the First Round, Kolarik skated in the last three contests recording three goals and two assists averaging a team-high 1.67 points/game.
Stu Bickel – due to a partial affiliation with Anaheim last season, Bickel spent 36 games with the Rampage and contributed two goals and two assists. Making his first AHL playoff experience, Bickel appeared in six postseason games contributing one assist and five shots.
Dov Grumet-Morris – made his professional debut with the Rampage during the 2005-06 season appearing in one game where he gave up seven goals on 32 attempts. Making his second AHL playoff appearance, Grumet-Morris played in all six postseason games for the Whale posting a 2-3 record with 138 saves on 155 shots faced for a 3.10 goals against average and a .890 save percentage throughout the playoffs.
The Monarchs have made the playoffs in eight of their last nine seasons and lost to the Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference Finals last year. Manchester was eliminated from the playoffs in the First Round after a thrilling seven-game series in which five of the games were decided in overtime, including one double overtime game.
John Zeiler – appeared in eight games with the Rampage during the 2005-06 season collecting one assist and 10 penalty minutes. Making his fourth AHL postseason appearance, Zeiler appeared in five games collecting a goal and an assist on three shots.
The Bears are the defending Calder Cup Champions after defeating the Texas Stars last season in six games. They also claimed the title in the 2009 postseason race defeating the Manitoba Moose in a six-game series. This season, Hershey made their sixth consecutive postseason appearance having won three of the last five championships. However, the Bears were eliminated in the First Round for the first time since 2008 after a six-game series against the Checkers.
The Admirals make their first playoff appearance since 2007. Norfolk started the series with a quick 2-0 lead but dropped the last four games to be eliminated from the playoffs.
Chris Durno – played in all 80 regular season games with the Rampage during the 2007-08 season posting 23 goals and 26 assists and 109 penalty minutes. He also skated in seven postseason contests with the Rampage tallying two assists. Making his fourth AHL postseason appearance, Durno skated in three postseason games with Norfolk with six shots and a plus-1 rating.
Troy Milam – skated in 13 games with the Rampage posting two assists during the 2003-04 season. Making his fourth AHL postseason appearance, Milam appeared in six playoff games with the Admirals collecting three assists on 14 shots.
Oklahoma City Barons
The Barons enter their first Calder Cup playoff run in their inaugural AHL season. Oklahoma City was eliminated from playoffs after a six-game series with the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Bryan Helmer - served as the Rampage team captain during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. With the Rampage he posted 11 goals and 38 assists in 136 games. He played in seven postseason games with the Rampage in 2008. He received the Fred T. Hunt Award this season for his qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey. Making his 13th AHL postseason appearance, Helmer scored in his first playoff game of the 2010 season marking his 14th career AHL postseason goal. He appeared in six playoff games posting one goal, one assist, 11 shots and a plus-3 rating.
The Rivermen competed in their third AHL postseason appearance and faced the Aeros in their last playoff run in 2008 in which Houston eliminated Peoria in the first round in a seven-game series. This postseason, Peoria was swept by the Aeros in a four-game series in the First Round.
Derek Nesbitt – appeared in 49 games with the Rampage in 2008-09 collecting six goals and nine assists. Making his third postseason AHL experience, Nesbitt skated in four postseason contests tallying two assists with six shots.
David Spina – held the Rampage’s all-time assist record heading into the 2010-11 season and still ranks in the top 10 of many all-time categories for San Antonio. In 165 games with the Rampage from 2007-10, he tallied 43 goals and 78 assists. He also appeared in seven postseason contests with the Rampage in 2008 scoring three goals. Making his second AHL postseason appearance, Spina appeared in four games and was minus-2 with one assist and seven shots.
The Stars embark on their second Calder Cup race in their two-year existence in the AHL. Last season they competed in the Calder Cup Finals with the Hershey Bears before falling to the reigning champs in a six-game series. Texas fell to the Milwaukee Admirals in double overtime in Game 6 in the first round to end their playoff run.
Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters enter their first postseason appearance in four-year tenure. The Monsters fell to the Manitoba Moose in a seven-game series in the first round of playoffs.
The Pirates have made the playoffs in four of the past five seasons and currently are in their fourth consecutive Calder Cup run. They fell to the Manchester Monarchs in the first round of the 2010 playoffs. The Pirates beat out the Connecticut Whale in a six-game series in the first round. Portland fell to the Binghamton Senators in a six-game series in the Atlantic Division Finals.
Igor Gongalsky – played in six games with the Rampage during the 2008-09 season recording nine penalty minutes. This is his first AHL playoff experience. He has appeared in six games posting 11 shots and a minus-3 rating.
The Penguins enter their ninth-straight Calder Cup run. Their 111 points in the regular season earned them the league’s MacGregor Kilpatrick Trophy. They lost to Albany last season in the first round of the playoffs. The Penguins fell behind in the series dropping the first two games to the Norfolk Admirals but came from behind to win four consecutive games and beat out the Admirals to advance to the next round. The Penguins fell to the Charlotte Checkers in a six-game series in the East Division Finals.
The Moose enter their seventh consecutive Calder Cup race and were eliminated in the first round last year in a six-game series with Hamilton. The Moose eliminated the Lake Erie Monsters in the first round of playoffs in a seven-game series. Manitoba fell to the Hamilton Bulldogs in Game 7 of the North Division Finals. The game proved to be the longest Game 7 in AHL history going to three overtime sessions.
Joel Perrault – held most Rampage all-time records at the beginning of the season having played in 154 career Rampage games. He skated with the Rampage from 2005 to 2010 recording 60 goals and 73 assists. This was would have been his second AHL postseason but he was unable to play due to injury.
Garth Murray – scored 11 goals and 10 assists in 64 games with the Rampage during the 2008-09 campaign. In his sixth AHL postseason experience, Murray appeared in 13 playoff games with the Moose tallying one assist and a plus-1 rating.
The Admirals make their ninth consecutive postseason appearance after claiming the title in 2004. Milwaukee defeated the Texas Stars in a six-game series that was decided in double overtime to send the Admirals to the next round of the playoffs. The Admirals fell to the Aeros 4-2 in Game 7 of the West Division Finals.
Charlotte enters their first AHL postseason appearance in their first AHL season with the number three seed in the East Division. Charlotte defeated the defending Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears in a six-game series to move on to Round 2 of the playoffs. The Checkers defeated the AHL’s regular season points leader Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a six-game series to claim the East Division Title. The Checkers were eliminated by the Binghamton Senators in a four-game series in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Justin Pogge – played in 23 games with the Rampage during the 2009-10 season posting a 12-7-3 record with a 2.57 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. In his third AHL postseason appearance, Pogge appeared in four postseason contests for the Checkers stopping 49 of 61 shots he faced. He claimed a 4.65 goals against average and a .803 save percentage in the series with a 1-1-0 record.
Jared Staal – appeared in 10 games with the Rampage split between the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons tallying one assist.
The Bulldogs enter their third consecutive postseason appearance with their last Championship title won in 2007. Last season they were ousted by the Texas Stars in a seven-game series in the Western Conference Finals. The Bulldogs defeated the Oklahoma City Barons in a six-game series to move on to the next round of the playoffs. Hamilton defeated the Manitoba Moose in the longest Game 7 in AHL history when Dustin Boyd scored six seconds into the third overtime. The Bulldogs fell behind 0-3 in the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Aeros but rallied to claim three straight games before falling to the Aeros 4-3 in Game 7.