(San Antonio) - The San Antonio Rampage hit the road this week in search of offense, as they dropped their third straight at home, this time to the visiting Colorado Eagles, 3-1 Saturday night.
The Rampage were held to just two squiggly goals in the two-game set, as the San Antonio power play is nonexistent, while odd-man rushes are, well, an oddity.
Only a deflected shot by Stephen Perfetto 2:24 into the contest got past Colorado's Pavel Francouz, who saw his teammates pick him up for allowing the game's first goal for the second straight night.
With the power point MIA, going 1-16 on the 1-3 homestand, the Rampage were unable to muster any attack at the Colorado goal Saturday. Although getting off 31 shots in the contest, most were from long distance with little chance of anyone slapping in a rebound, and the other attempts sailed wide or high.
The Rampage head to Winnipeg to meet the Manitoba Moose this coming weekend. The Moose are also struggling at 1-3 on the early season.
One of the main issues new coach Drew Bannister and his staff face is the lack of an acknowledged scorer on this roster. Only defenseman-turned-occasional-forward, Joey LaLeggia, a career AHLer over from the Calgary organization, and veterans Trevor Smith and Bryan Flynn have scored double figures in goals in one AHL season.
Klim Kostin has not answered the bell in the opening four games, missing numerous quality chances to bury the puck. As of now, Kostin has seven goals in 70 Rampage games - not really first round quality or quantity at this level.
The Rampage also found it tough sledding just moving the puck in the right direction. The backline has been challenged to find open ice beyond their own blueline, while forwards have been losing puck battles down low.
Francouz was graciously given the game's first star, but he was hardly challenged throughout the game. San Antonio had the first six shots of the game, and afterwards, saw the Eagles rebound with a 36-25 advantage in shots as well as territorial edge and quality chances.
Tough to be taken seriously as a Calder Cup Playoff contender when you lose three of four at home. A strong road rebound in Canada, Milwaukee and Rockford this coming week for a much needed confidence boost.