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Rampage: Hopefully On The Right Track

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers
Forward Jon Rheault scores his second of the game against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Nov. 2, tying the score at two. San Antonio went on to win the game 3-2 to start their four-game home stand (San Antonio Rampage)

Everyone that spoke following the games over the weekend discussed how important it is to get off to a fast start.

Obviously it didn't happen the first couple of games this season as San Antonio was 2-4-1 but two games into their home stand, winning games the right way (defensively stifling opponents and getting team efforts), hopefully has the Rampage on the right track.

For head coach Chuck Weber, this story seems to be a recurring theme. One that he hopes his team is past this season.

"We talked about this last year. For some reason it takes a little while for the system to sink in," said Weber. "I don't know why. It's part of my coaching career that way. Most teams I've been with, we've been .500 to start the year and kind of go from there."

With veterans like captain Nolan Yonkman and fellow blueliner Tyson Strachan along with forwards Greg Rallo, Andre Deveaux and JF Jacques among others, Weber sees that the team seems to be grasping the system a little earlier this season.

"I think we're doing a better job in the offensive end as well (besides the defensive end)," said Weber. "Close support on pucks. Taking away time and space and playing with our sticks on the ice all over the ice which is creating turnovers and opportunities."

A slow start last season that went deep into November almost cost the Rampage a chance at the playoffs as they had to play lights out just to play catch up and then earn the sixth seed on the last day of the regular season. They're hoping they don't have to do that this season.

"We need to get the points," said forward Eric Selleck who netted the game-winner late in the third period on Friday against Grand Rapids. "We got off to a bad start last year and we couldn't do it again."

"Two points every game (are) on the line," said goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris following the Rampage's most recent game, a 2-0 win over division rival Oklahoma City. "We need those points."

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