Rampage @ Bakersfield, 11/21
GAME PREVIEW: The San Antonio Rampage (10-5-1-0) begin a four-game California road trip when they take on the Bakersfield Condors (5-8-1-0) on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 8:30 p.m. at Rabobank Arena. San Antonio heads into the game with the fourth-best record in the Western Conference and the sixth-best in the AHL, while the Condors sit at 14th in the Conference and 27th in the league.
San Antonio holds the overall head-to-head record against Bakersfield 6-5-0-0. Tonight’s contest will be the second of six meetings between the two teams, with the Condors coming out on top on Oct. 12 5-4.
CALIFORNIA CRUISE: The Silver and Black begin a four-game California road trip, consisting of two games against the Condors and one game against the San Jose Barracuda and Ontario Reign. San Antonio will play 13 games total in California this season including two meetings with the San Diego Gulls and Stockton Heat.
POWER-PLAY: After starting the season 7-49 (17.1%) on the power play, the Rampage have registered six power-play goals in their last six games, going 6-28 (21.4%) in that span. Jordan Schmaltz has participated in nine of the Rampage’s 13 power-play goals, registering nine points (1g/8a) on the power play this season. Schmaltz has the second-most power-play assists and third-most power-play points amongst AHL defenseman.
FAST START: After defeating the Texas Stars on Saturday, San Antonio tied the 2003-04 campaign for the third-best start in franchise history. The last time the Silver and Black started a season with 10 wins in their first 16 games was the 2014-15 campaign, where they finished the season 42-23-7-1, clinching their first division title and fourth Calder Cup Playoff appearance in franchise history. This season the Rampage are ranked in the top 10 in goals-per-game (3.50) and goals-against (2.75).
PLAYER STREAKS: Rampage forward Alex Belzile extended his point to five games after registering a goal in the second period against the Texas Stars on Nov. 18. The streak is the longest active streak currently and the second-longest point streak of the season for the Silver and Black. A.J. Greer extended his streak to four games after registering a goal in Saturday’s game. Greer has two goals and two assists while on his streak. Tage Thompson extended his point streak to three games, collecting one goal and three assists. Andrew Agozzino recorded his second three-point game on Saturday, bringing him to a total of one goal and three assists in the last two games.
UP NEXT: San Antonio continues its California road trip with a contest against the San Jose Barracuda on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 9 p.m. C.T. at the SAP Center. This will be the third contest between the two teams, the Rampage coming out on top in the first two.