SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 27, 2018) – Rudolfs Balcer’s three-point night propelled the San Jose Barracuda (20-17-1-2) to a 5-1 victory over the San Antonio Rampage (23-17-4-0) on Saturday at the AT&T Center.
San Jose struck first at 1:57 of the opening frame when Balcers beat netminder Spencer Martin with a backhanded shot for his ninth goal of the season. The remainder of the period went scoreless as the Barracuda took a 1-0 advantage into the first intermission.
The Barracuda registered their second goal of the game 23 seconds into the middle frame after Jacob Middleton fired a wrister from the blueline into the back of the cage. Emerson Clark extended the lead to three at 2:08 after connecting with Tim Clifton on a backdoor pass for his fourth goal of the season. Following Clark’s goal, the Rampage opted for a change in net as goaltender Ville Husso replaced Martin. Just over 16 minutes later, the Barracuda capitalized on a power-play opportunity at 18:11 when John McCarthy found Cavan Fitzgerald who lit the lamp to give San Jose a 4-0 advantage.
Balcers collected his second of the night at 5:04 of the final period when his shot deflected off the post and into the net. San Antonio ended the shutout at 15:23 when Trent Vogelhuber deflected Andrei Mironov’s shot behind San Jose goaltender Antoine Bibeau.
Forwards: Defensemen: Goaltenders:
Kostin-Agozzino-Grimaldi Butler-Mironov Martin
Greer-Belzile-Blais Warsofsky-Geertsen Husso
The Rampage will celebrate breast cancer survivors and raise awareness for breast health during their eighth annual Pink in the Rink game, presented by Methodist Healthcare System and benefitting Susan G. Komen, on Feb. 2. Puck drop against the Texas Stars is set for 7:30 p.m. at the AT&T Center. For the eighth consecutive year, the game will be played on pink ice and the Rampage will wear special pink jerseys that will be auctioned off following the game to benefit Susan G. Komen. Special ticket packages and game information are available at SARampage.com/Pink. The 2017-18 season is presented by H-E-B and Wells Fargo.