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Ak-Sar-Ben Knights set for home opening weekend

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

The Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, the top affiliate of the Calgary Flames, get a chance to unpack their bags at home for the first time after a successful four-game road trip to start the season.

 The Knights earned seven of eight points in those four games and return to Omaha on a roll. They’ll open the home half of their schedule on Friday, October 20th when they host the Syracuse Crunch.

 The weekend concludes with a game against the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday, October 21st.

 Both games start at 7:00 p.m.

 The Knights have won three straight games after road wins against the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Chicago Wolves last weekend.

Omaha’s professional hockey team starts the week in second place in the West Division with a record of 3-0-1-0.  

Upcoming Games:
Friday, October 20 vs. Syracuse Crunch (Columbus Blue Jackets), 7 p.m.
Friday’s game not only inaugurates the home half of the Knights’ season. It also kicks off the all time series between the Knights and the Crunch. The two teams did not meet last season. Syracuse is in its 13th season in the American Hockey League. Last year, the Crunch finished 47-25-5-3, good for second place in the North Division. They were bounced from the Calder Cup Playoffs by the Manitoba Moose in the first round. So far this season, the Crunch is off to a 0-4-0-0 start. They lost to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 6-1 on Friday and dropped a 6-3 decision to Hershey on Saturday in their two most recent games. Joe Motzko leads the Crunch with three points, all assists, through the first four games. The Crunch do not play again before visiting the Civic Auditorium.

Saturday, October 21 vs. San Antonio Rampage (Phoenix Coyotes), 7 p.m.
The Knights kick off their ten-game season series with the Phoenix Coyotes’ top prospects in the second game of Home Opening weekend. Last year, the Knights posted a 6-3-0-1 record against the Rampage including a 3-2-0-0 mark at the Civic Auditorium. The Rampage is looking to improve on last year’s record when they earned an AHL-low 53 points with a record of 23-50-3-4. So far this season, San Antonio is 2-3-0-0 and in fifth place in the West Division. The team is coming off a 5-4 shootout win over Houston on Sunday. Yanick Lehoux leads the Rampage attack with two goals and five assists for seven points. Former UNO Maverick Bill Thomas is second in scoring with a goal and three assists for four points. Donald MacLean tied for the AHL lead in goals last year with 56. He and Tyson Nash are tied for the team lead in goals with three. The Rampage host the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday and Friday before visiting Omaha.
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