With Oklahoma City Up 2-0, Game 3 Should Be A Dandy

The Oklahoma City Barons may be up on the San Antonio Rampage two games to none, but that doesn’t mean that this series is over. It certainly means the Rampage have an uphill climb, but it certainly isn’t over.

The heroic comeback on Saturday evening was nothing short of remarkable. Yet it was also extremely lucky. The players who are most likely to score throughout the season are the players also scoring in the post season. Ryan Hamilton with two power play goals and three points. Matt Ford, Andrew Miller, and Brad Hunt with three points in two games. There is Connor Jones with two goals on just two shots including the game winner on Saturday night. Jason Williams, Josh Winquist, and Jordan Oesterle have all contributed. In all, the post season has begun remarkably well. But then there is luck.

Laurent Brossoit was yucky to start game two after being amazing in game one. The decision to pull him after 20+ minutes, facing 24 shots, and letting in 3 was an interesting choice. But one that paid off for Gerry Fleming. Richard Bachman came in at the relief position and was magical. “The Biz” seems ready to make his mark on the Calder Cup run so I expect him to start game three with Dan Ellis (according to Dan Weiss, PxP fella for the Rampage, all-around good guy) at the other end.

In come some interesting players for the Rampage, as they shake things up in their not-so-triumphant return to San Antonio.

Namely Kyle Rau whom was drafted #91 in 2011, just one spot ahead of another collegiate prospect on the Oilers farm, Dillon Simpson. Rau is a 40+ points per season player in four straight at the University of Minnesota. The Big Ten is a competitive league, but it is not producing national titles (save for Michigan, the dominate performer). Yet he is a shifty player, good hands, sort of small, but powerful, and gives Gerry Fleming and crew something to really think about. I like it for the Rampage.

Ryan Hamilton is good to go, as is most of the team. A quick scouting report from practice this week says all are ready to go (those who played in games one and two).

It will be very interesting to see if San Antonio can play deep in this one. To go deep teams have to be able to defend and get solid goaltending. These are two leaky tires in the recent drive of games one and two. Can they fix it? Yes, they are the Rampage. Will they is the question.

The Rampage will raise their Western Division banner this evening, and congrats on a truly historical season for the Rampage. A banner year, a banner season, a banner team – they continue to play with pride. Don’t think for a moment that they will not go out with a fight.

5 comments on “With Oklahoma City Up 2-0, Game 3 Should Be A Dandy”

  1. Oh my, Oh my, OH MY — what a SOLID game by the Barons and what a W.
    Can’t wait to get down to the Incomperable Myriad for the next series……

    The Oklahoman amazingly had a posting on the game by 10:30 PM — a kudo…
    Will see if it makes the home delivery paper edition on Thur AM and see what page it is on.


    Go Barons Go!

    Norman OK

  2. Really appreciate getting your opinion on what’s going on down there. What happened to the big Russian kid, and do,you think any of the kids coming from junior will play in the playoffs. If Nurse was available would he be on this team.

    1. Yakimov, I presume, is injured & out of the lineup right now. Boy do we miss his presence. Honestly, depth center was an issue to round out the regular season. You can see what happens when a guy like Khaira returns, and how that depth down the center truly helps. Hoping we get another glance at Yakimov before season ends, but it doesn’t look good.

      I’m hoping Chase and Betker get in. The quick five game series first round dictates a “win now and quick” approach rather than resting bodies on specific nights. I think we see Chase in the next round, maybe even as soon as game two of that series.

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