Oct. 28, 2017
The Gulls (3-3-1-0, 7 pts.) conclude a weekend back-to-back in the state of Texas tonight against the San Antonio Rampage (5 p.m. PT, ESPN 1700 AM) at AT&T Center. Entering tonight, the Gulls have earned points in 14 consecutive road games outside of California dating back to Oct. 29, 2016 (5-4 loss @ Manitoba). The Gulls have not lost in regulation in a game outside of California in the U.S. since Jan. 23, 2016 at Texas (6-3 loss). San Diego has the second-highest win percentage among Western Conference clubs the past three seasons (85-46-8-4, .641%), and the Gulls also have the most wins in the Pacific Division since its inception in 2015 (85). San Diego has a 35-12-3-2 record since Dec. 26, 2016, with the .721 win percentage leading the AHL, 35 wins and 75 points tied for second among AHL clubs.
San Diego is 9-1-0-0 all-time vs. the Rampage, including a perfect 5-0-0-0 in San Antonio. The Gulls have outscored the Rampage 36-21 in the 10 games overall. In 2016-17, San Diego went 3-1-0-0 against San Antonio, dropping the first contest 5-4 in San Diego on Jan. 6, but winning three consecutive games to close out the series with a 3-2 win Jan. 7, and back-to-back overtime and shootout wins in San Antonio on Mar. 17 (2-1, OT) and Mar. 18 (4-3, SO). Corey Tropp leads active San Diego skaters in goals, assists and points (3-4=7) against San Antonio, in addition to a team-best +8 rating in seven career games. In three career starts vs. the Rampage, Kevin Boyle has earned a 2-1-0 record with a 3.28 GAA and .880 SV%.
San Antonio (6-1-0-0, 12 pts.) enters tonight’s contest atop the Pacific Division following their 3-1 victory over the San Jose Barracuda last night. The Rampage are led in scoring by left wing Andrew Agozzino (2-6=8) and defenseman Jordan Schmaltz (2-4=6, a St. Louis Blues 2012 first round pick (25th overall). Between the pipes, both Spencer Martin (4-0-0), selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round (63rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, and Ville Husso (2-1-0), selected by the St. Louis Blues in the fourth round (94th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, have each had strong starts to the season, posting a 1.47 GAA and 2.69 GAA respectively.
The Gulls will be looking to continue their early season special teams success having scored a power play in all seven games this season (10-for-44), ranking sixth among AHL clubs at 22.7% percent. The seven consecutive games with a power play goal are a club record surpassing the previous record of six set from Mar. 30-Apr. 9, 2016 in the team’s inaugural season. San Diego also ranks second among league leaders with seven road power play goals (7-for-27, 25.9%) in four games.
Following tonight’s contest, the Gulls will return to San Diego to face the Ontario Reign on Friday, Nov. 3 at Valley View Casino Center (7 p.m. PT).