Rocco Grimaldi Lands First Career Hat Trick As San Antonio Topples Bakersfield 5-2
SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 9, 2017) – Rocco Grimaldi recorded his first career hat trick to propel the San Antonio Rampage (13-10-1-0) to a 5-2 victory over the Bakersfield Condors (9-11-3-0) on San Antonio’s annual Star Wars Night on Saturday at the AT&T Center. Grimaldi became the fifth Rampage player to ever reach the 50-goal mark with the club and passes Bobby Butler for the fifth-most goals (52) in franchise history. San Antonio registered a season-high 49 shots, including a game-high eight shots from Grimaldi.
Grimaldi opened the scoring 3:08 into the first period when he forced a turnover deep in Bakersfield’s zone and fired it past Condors netminder Shane Starrett. Bakersfield’s Josh Currie returned the favor 65 seconds later after collecting a rebound and sending the puck into the back of the net. The Silver and Black regained the lead at the 7:57 mark when Alex Belzile made a backdoor pass to Grimaldi for his second goal of the night.
The Rampage extended their lead 5:47 into the middle frame when Felix Girard collected a loose puck in the slot and fired it into the cage. The remainder of the period went scoreless as San Antonio took a 3-1 lead into the second intermission.
Bakersfield cut into the Rampage lead 16:09 into the final stanza when Kyle Platzer hit a backhander from the left circle for his fourth goal of the season, but Jordan Schmaltz responded with an empty-net goal for the Silver and Black with 60 seconds remaining. Grimaldi completed the hat trick in the final 15 seconds with an empty-net goal of his own, tying the franchise record for the most goals scored in a single game.
Forwards: Defensemen: Goaltenders:
Greer-Agozzino-Thompson Butler-Schmaltz Martin
Belzile-Toninato-Grimaldi Bigras-Mironov Cannata
The Silver and Black return to the ice to take on the Ontario Reign on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at the AT&T Center. Rampage IncrediBull Holiday Deals, presented by SeaWorld, are available for purchase at SARampage.com/holiday or by calling a Rampage representative at 210-444-5554. Packages include any regular season home game and are available on the Plaza and Charter Levels in four, six or 10-pack deals with pricing starting at just $59. In addition, each 10 pack will include tickets to SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration as well as holiday-themed Rampage items. Each pack is completely customizable, allowing fans to use the full set of tickets at one game or to disperse them throughout multiple games. The 2017-18 season is presented by H-E-B and Wells Fargo.