The Saturday night AHL game between the Stars and Rampage in San Antonio started but did not end. The game was suspended midway through the first period due to what the league called unsafe ice conditions.
In San Antonio they call it the Rodeo Road Trip. The Rampage was forced to play the entire month of February on the road, the last game of the rodeo road trip being in Utica on Wednesday, February 26th.
In order to present the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, they take down the ice. The first game for the Rampage back at the ATT Center was Saturday night against the Texas Stars. Being a Western Conference showdown, it was a game of interest for Comets fans. The Stars have a slim lead on top of the West Division of the conference, but in the overall conference standings, the Rampage are 10th in the standings and lead the Comets by 5 points in the race for a playoff position.
According to the website 100degreehockey.com, there were several holes in the rebuilt ice and some of those holes went all the way down to the concrete floor. Rampage defenseman Matt Gilroy even snapped a skate blade.
After several stoppages when the on ice crew worked to fill in the holes and repair the surface the two coaches talked it over and agreed with all involved to call it a night. The Stars were leading 2-0 at the 7:59 mark of the first period when they called a halt to the proceedings. The date for the reschedule is yet to be determined.
Lest you think the Rampage got short shrift in this deal, and they did, they are not alone. The AHL may be minor league hockey but the Rampage share the ATT Center with the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. The Spurs were in the same boat. The Spurs had only one home game in the month of February and played the last three weeks of the month on the road. Hockey in Texas…hee haw!