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Sunday, January 19, 2014

A splendid weekend, with Hockey, in San Antonio

The weather could not have been better [made up for the be-fogged and be-rained one earlier ;-)], but sadly the Rampage lost to the Rochester Americans 3-2. BTW I really like those read-white-blue jerseys, but I do like the Rampage warm up jersey more-muy caliente
!!!Of course, it was not a BAD game, but a loss is a loss for Rampage fans of which there were over 6,000, although there seemed to be more.
Noisy ones, at that!
The first period started, as did the one the last game we saw, with an early goal by Rochester by -of all people - Johan Larsson- Second Star of the game
Crabb shadows Gillies
with Colton Gillies ( both ex Aeros) and Irwin in just a hair over 2 minutes into the period. On a power play, yet, thanks to Megan.
Rob Madore
Rob Madore standing as tall as 5'10 (176 pds) can be Third Star of the game
Nathan Lieuwen
was in goal for Rampage,  Michael Houser was recalled to be backup, due to Markstrom's injury (?)  earlier.

Nathan Lieuwen for Rochester at 6'5 (186 pds) played Goliath to Madore's David (lol). Since Rampage played (to quote seat mates) like 'girls hockey' (they did root for Rochester - I may add!) the scene in front of Madore frequently was like this:
Madore did acquit himself rather well stopping 34 of 37 SOGs throughout the 3 periods.
Rampage managed one goal on the 2. A power play goal by Janik, Gilroy and Martindale
Janik Goal in 2.period
and 1 in the 3. by Howden with Shaw.
Both teams had 2 penalties each, and a power play goal each. Penalty kill was adequate.
Called up by Rampage, Wade Megan played quite aggressively,  perhaps too aggressively. Megan sitting for hooking allowed the first PP goal for Rochester.
Especially in 1. and 2. there was some sloppy passing and stupid mistakes by Rampage players. Although they picked up some speed and managed to shoot 3 more SOGs (8) then in the 1. (5).
Only in the third did they seem to have found their rhythm with 15 sogs. And every time I looked Kilroy (oops) GILROY # 97
"was here" defending (he also did a get an assist).

But it just wasn't enough to carry the evening.
Rochester out shot and out scored them - albeit just by one, a, PP goal by Tardif (First star of the game), Adam and - again - Larsson.
Lieuwen had a few close calls,
Close call-but no goal
but managed to  stop all but the 2 of 28.

Two more ex-Aeros were present, Drew Bagnall
Bagnall-Nr.4 the C
sporting the C was on the ice seemingly all the time.
Hackett still Nr. 30
 And Hackett as BUG skated during warm ups and later to help the team celebrate its win!
Hackett congratulates Team and Larsson!

2 comments:

ICEVET said...

I continue to enjoy your occasional but "colorful" Rampage / AHL game hockey blogs, as most of the prior AEROS blogger stalwarts have dispersed.

Viewing your picture(s) of Matt Hackett in a Rochester uniform recalls many ad -nauseum discussions of prior seasons regarding the playing time of Hackett and Darcy Kuemper and their relative performance on ice.

Fast forward, it is interesting that Darcy Kuemper has now started the last 5 games for the NHL Minnesota Wild, winning 4 of 5, including a shutout, with a 1.36 GA average and 95.4% save percentage.

In contrast, Hackett has languished and continued to remain ineffective for his AHL Rochester Amerks, as their "back-up" goalie with a mediocre 2.90 GA average and 90.4% save percentage, ranking him in the lower decile of AHL goalies. There is little doubt that his performance history would give the Buffalo Sabres (parent team) any reason for a recall to fill the shoes of current Sabres goalies (Ryan Miller or Jhonas Enroth, his BUG).

I make this comment only to reflect on how correct some of the Third Intermission activists (I was one) were in their pro-Kuemper, anti-Hackett comments of the past.

To be sure, following the 2013 Hackett-trade, the Sunshine Kid proved to all that he was the BEST net-minder in the AHL, hands-down!!!


artandhockey said...

Thank you for your comment. Yes, Darcy has proven his worth. Go Darcy. Just hope he will stay up with the Wild.