San Antonio Rampage at Texas Stars 10.21
GAME PREVIEW: The San Antonio Rampage (3-1-0-0) continue their three-game series against instate rivals the Texas Stars (3-1-0-1) on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. With a win against the Stars on Oct. 20, the Rampage move to a .750 win percentage on the season, ranking them first in the Pacific Division Standings. Tonight’s matchup will be the second meeting between these two teams.
SPECIAL TEAMS: The Silver and Black defeated the Stars 3-2 on Friday, Oct. 20 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, stopping all five of the Stars power-play opportunities. The Rampage rank third in the AHL in penalty kill (94.7%), their best start since the 2013-14 season when they stopped 25 of their opponents first 26 power-play opportunities (96.1%). San Antonio is fifth in power-play percentage going 3-11 (27.3%), with Jordan Schmaltz being the main facilitator on offense recording an assist in all three of San Antonio’s power-play goals. Schmaltz is currently tied for first among AHL defensemen for most power-play points.
SPENCER MARTIN: After recording his third win of the season Spencer Martin is ranked first in the AHL in goals-against average (1.62) and second in save percentage (0.929) among goalies with 180 minutes played. Martin has played in three games this season stopping 65 of 70 shots, including a season high 31 against the Stars on Friday night.
NEW FACES: Tage Thompson and Andrei Mironov made their Rampage debut on Friday Oct. 20 against the Stars, with Thompson recording his first goal and assist of the season to help the Rampage defeat the Stars 3-2. Forward A.J. Greer played in his first game of the 2017-18 season, recording his first point of the season, an assist, against the Stars on Friday night. Thompson was reassigned by the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 13 after playing four games with the club and Mironov was reassigned on Oct. 19 after playing in one game with the Avalanche this season.
RAMPAGE MILESTONES: Forward Rocco Grimaldi is one point away from his 100th with the Rampage and sits four goals shy of his 50th with the club. Grimaldi will be the seventh player in the Rampage history to break 100 points and the first since Bobby Butler accomplish the milestone during the 2014-15 season. Forward Andrew Agozzino is one goal away from his 100th pro point.