Although the Wisconsin Rampage’s struggles in the win column have continued, the players and coaching staff are liking the team first play on the ice.
“The players really have stepped up their game recently. We’re seeing more blocked shots, better defensive play in our zone, and all together a better attitude inside the locker room every game now,” said head coach Mark St. Martin II.
“The stats, and our record are misleading for this team. The team is learning by failing right now. I have no problem with that at all. We have a lot of young or inexperienced players, and it’s only failure if you fail to learn from your mistakes,” he added.
The Rampage were 6-22-0-3 and were unable to crack the win column in December. They were able to enjoy a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Frontenacs, defeating them 6-3, 6-5 and 7-4.
The Rampage gave the Illiana Blackbirds a run for their money with an extremely close contest of 6-4 on Nov. 16, which included an empty-net goal by Illiana.
“The boys really fed off the energy of the fans that game,” said assistant coach Mike Argyris. “We were away. It was their first rivalry game, and I am very proud of how they controlled themselves, and how they played.”
Despite the results on the scoreboard, the results have been there in terms of scouting and recruiting by colleges.
“One of the many positives to this season is the ability to move players to become student-athletes next year,” St. Martin added. “We have talked to multiple universities and colleges about our players, and are excited to be announcing commitments in the near future.”
Robert Kalata, a ’95 from Park Ridge, Ill., scored 10 points in seven December games to put him now at 22 points in 29 games. Griffin Mason (’95, Barrington, Ill.) has continued his great play, including a four-point game on Dec. 20, another 6-4 loss to Illiana.
Anthony Casaletto, a ’94 from McHenry, Ill., had a strong December with six points in seven games that month to give him the scoring lead at 32 points in 31 games.
Devin Panzeca, a ’97 from Lake Zurich, Ill., also had a seven-point in December for 22 points in 29 games overall.
Defenseman Mike Howard has continued his offensive play with 22 points in 29 games, including eight power play goals and six power play assists.
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