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Rampage: Throttling The OKC Attack

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers
Forward Jon Rheault and goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris celebrate San Antonio's fourth straight home win.


It was a second straight strong game from the Rampage and they did it against some top notch talent.

Oklahoma City boasted a team littered with talent across the board. Topping off former first round picks included a line combination of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1st overall, 2011), Taylor Hall (1st overall, 2010) and Jordan Eberle (11th overall, 2007).

And although it was probably a combination of OKC playing three games in three nights with the Rampage off Saturday and facing top talent like that, San Antonio was up to the challenge as the defense throttled the visitor's attack from the start.

San Antonio found a lot of success keeping OKC to the outside and making Dov Grumet-Morris' job between the pipes relatively easy (27 saves) as he picked up his second shutout of the year.

"I thought our team defense was fantastic," said head coach Chuck Weber. "We track what we call shots in the house which is in that slot area. We didn't give up a shot in that area tonight. I thought we did a good job keeping them to the perimeter."

"We did a good job of forcing most of their shots wide so they were coming down the wing trying to create offense from the wing. Secondary opportunities from behind the net and our team did an excellent job keeping the puck out of the middle in our defensive zone," added Grumet-Morris who now has an eye-popping 1.19 goals against average in five games on the season. "That always gives you the odds in your favor."

Playing against the Barons, Weber did notice that his guys were especially prepared for the task at hand.

"Of course you want to be able to play well against guys that are for the lack of better terms considered super stars in the National Hockey League because that shows you belong, said Weber. "So yeah your guys are sometimes going to be dialed in a little more with their focus and I thought we were."

Defenseman Alex Petrovic, who scored the Rampage's first goal of the game midway through the second which stood up as the winner agreed with his head coach.

"The last time we played them, we knew they were obviously very skilled moving the puck a lot quicker than most teams," said the blueliner who netted his first pro regular season goal. "We had to come out hard. I thought we did a great job...Our defense was phenomenal today and our power play was going with two goals."

Two strong games from the Rampage blueline to start off a four-game home stand.

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