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AHL: OCT 28 San Antonio Rampage at Cleveland Monsters Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The beloved Rampage’s long western road trip moves on to the SAP Center tonight for a meeting with the Barracuda. Two wins over the weekend in Tucson have the gang back at .500 again but to break through they need to get over that mark vs the 2nd place team in the division.

Injury/Roster Update

- Jeremy Smith remains with Colorado. Has not played while up there so he’s going to be cold when the Rampage need him again.

- No transactions or players joining the team from the injured list

What we know: Elson (LBI) and Vogelhuber (LBI) out and not skating. Geertsen (?BI) was skating with the team before the trip in a non-contact jersey but didn’t make the trip.

Fast Facts: Tucson

SAR 5 - TUC 2

Shots: 26-21 (55.3%) Sislo led with 4, several others had 3
Special Teams: PP 0/2, PK 4/4
Spencer Martin saved 19/21 (.905)
Goals: Bourke (4,5), O’Brien (5), Grimaldi (10), Compher (8)

SAR 4 - TUC 2

Shots: 19-28 (40.4%) Whitney & Nantel led with 3 each
Special Teams: PP 1/6, PK 5/5
Spencer Martin saved 24/26 (.923)
Goals: Whitney (7), Greer (9), Nantel (4), Bigras (2)

Preview: San Jose

The Rampage are 2-2 vs the Barracuda including a shootout win. This is definitely a winnable game for the Rampage without playing over their heads.

Lineup from Saturday

Whitney - O’Brien - Sislo
Greer - Compher - Grimaldi
Nantel - Bourke - Nunn
Bourque - Henley - Petryk

Bigras - Lindholm
Siemens - Boikov
Young - Clark

Martin
Simpson

Scratched: Belzile, Corbett
Injured: Geertsen, Vogelhuber, Elson

The word on the street is no lineup changes, none needed really. Chris Bigras has a goal and 3 assists in 3 games since reappearing on the ice. Mat Clark made his debut Saturday and I frankly didn’t notice, which means he played a perfect game. The PK shut down the Roadrunners all 9 times they had the chance last weekend and are now the 3rd rated killers in the league.

Schedule

Rampage at San Jose, 10pmET on Ticket 760

Links

Running With the Herd has their Player of the Month for December

ICYMI, I took at look at the Avs prospects development so far this year in this article from earlier in the week

Coach Veilleux from this morning

Cody Corbett interview

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This game runs concurrently with Avs/Flames unfortunately, but will almost definitely be more fun to watch.