Rampage Rout Griffins 4-0|
Coreau shines in loss...
By Jason Kasiorek
October 17th, 2015
The Griffins dropped their fourth straight game, losing at home to the visiting San Antonio Rampage 4-0. Even more disturbing then the 0-4 start is the complete lack of offense, as the team has only scored 4 goals so far this season. The Rampage made short work of starter Thomas McCollum scoring 3 goals in a minute and 46 second span of the first period. Jared Coreau came on in relief and stopped all 22 shots he faced.
Early in the first, Martinsen took down Bertuzzi, delayed penalty upcoming, McCollum to the bench for an extra skater. At the whistle Tangradi dropped the gloves with Geertson and pummeled him pretty good for a few minutes. Nastasiuk with speed broke in on net but couldn't get the puck around a sliding defenseman. Nice short handed chance by Nosek. The Rampage got a lucky bounce in front just after the five minute mark and Everberg scored a power play goal. Cliche blazed in on net and left a drop pass for Redmond who fired it over McCollum for a quick 2-0 lead. Agozzino scored to run it up to 3-0 and that was all she wrote for McCollum as Coreau came in. McCollum heads to the showers having given up 3 goals on 8 shots in about 7 minutes.
Callahan tipped a Jensen point shot that Pickard just got a piece of. Hogan with a drive and Nastasiuk just fired the rebound wide. Scrambly play as GR having trouble getting into the zone with numbers without going offside. Ouellet turnover right in front, Griffins having a hard time even clearing their zone. Callahan tried to sneak a shot in shortside through traffic but Pickard kicked it out. Tangradi took out Noreau behind the play with a big bump. Shots on goal: GR 11 - San 15.
Martinsen boarded Mantha early in the 2nd , setting up a Griffins power play. Callahan sprung on a breakaway but fired it wide. Callahan with another break on Pickard but was hooked down for another power play. The Griffins had a dangerous looking three on one, but Miele passed to Zengerle and they didn't end up with a shot. Shots on goal: GR 12 - San 11.
Coreau to the bench for an extra skater at around the ten minute mark of the period. Siemens went off for high sticking giving the Griffins a powerplay, so Coreau came back to the net. Coreau went behind the net to play the puck and fell down leading to a scramble until the Griffins were able to clear. Miele at his agitating best with a thundering check in the corner. Coreau back to the bench for the extra attacker. Griffins pressuring the Rampage cage but the puck squirts free and Everberg bangs home the empty netter with a minute left to make it 4-0. Aubry and Maggio squared off at center ice in a one sided bout that saw the Griffins center take the worst of it. Shots on goal: GR 12 - San 6. For the game: GR 35 - San 32.
Athanasiou - Nosek - Mantha
Callahan - Miele - Zengerle
Tangradi/Callahan - Aubry -Bertuzzi
Hoggan - #37 Nastasiuk - Campbell
Tangradi - Miele - Mantha
Paetsch - Jensen
Lashoff - Marchenko
Ouellet - Sproul
#23 Grant - Injured
Tangradi - Miele - Zengerle
Paetsch - Jensen
Callahan - Athanasiou/Miele - Mantha
Sproul - Ouellet
Nosek - Callahan
Paetsch - Ouellet
Athanasiou - Campbell
Lashoff - Marchenko
Rough game for the Griffins who had systemic problems all night. They were outplayed for large stretches of the game and had problems clearing their own end. Whether due to systems changes or because of the strong play of San Antonio, the Griffins spent a lot of time going east to west with puck instead of using their speed to move it north - south. This allowed San Antonio to break up plays with ease. It wasn't until the third period that Athanasiou started to move the puck up and gain the zone with some speed. The D are jumping way up into the play and pinching in on offense which is leaving some holes on the blueline, sometime a forward rotates back and sometimes they don't. Several players were then guilty of trying to do too much on their own which led to mistakes.
Ouellet specifically was one of those players as he both tried to do too much on his won, and also coughed the puck up a couple of times by trying to be to cute, dipsy-doodling and trying to spin around a defender.
Jared Coreau was named one of the games three stars, and he had a great night between the pipes.
Eric Tangradi was also effective and noticeable most of the evening. He played hard and physical and drove to the net.
Nastasiuk also had a very strong season debut, generating some offensive chances and bringing some intensity and tempo.