Waltz Across Texas
San Antonio's Mike Ricci (40) and Jakub Koreis (29) bear down
on Wolf Pack goalie Al Montoya (Darren Abate/Rampage photo)
The Hartford Wolf Pack came away with a split of two road games in Texas this weekend, losing to the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday but coming back to win aginst the Houston Aeros on Sunday.
Dwight Helminen scored the game-winning goal with less than a minute left in the third period in the 4-3 win against Houston, as the Wolf Pack trailed twice in this game (2-1 and then 3-2). Dale Purinton tallied two goals for Hartford.
Steve Valiquette replaced Al Montoya in net after the first period, with Montoya giving up 2 goals on only 5 shots. Francis Lessard-- in his first game after missing the last 8 due to an elbow laceration-- fought the Aeros' fake Russian, Joey Tetarenko, twice in the first 9 minutes, with Lessard drawing a misconduct in the second fight for throwing a few extra blows after the fact. Dane Byers and Brandon Dubinsky were also ejected with game misconducts in the first period, for third man in and attempt to injure.
Dane Byers tangles with Houston's Clayton Stoner
In Saturday's game in San Antonio against the Rampage, Jarkko Immonen netted the only goal for the Wolf Pack, scoring with just a few seconds left in the first period to tie the game at 1-1. The game stayed tied until San Antonio's Yanik Lehoux scored his second of the game with less than 3-1/2 minutes left in the third period, and then the Rampage added an empty net goal to make the final score 3-1.
Just for ha-ha's, here's a look at some of the goofy-looking specialty jerseys that the Rampage have worn over the past few seasons, thanks to Darren Abate's amazing photo gallery:
Rampage "Fiesta" jersey
Rampage St. Patrick's Day jersey
Rampage "Rodeo" jersey