The Rampage opened the season with their annual Black and Gold Exhibition game on Saturday, delighting fans with their first opportunity to see the 2010-2011 Rampage players in action. With one team divided into two, the benches were short and the players were exhausted by games end but that didn’t damper the excitement in the rink.
One very excited viewer was Head Coach Chad MacLeod who had enlisted the support of guest coaches to give him a chance to watch the team from above. “I was really pleased with what I saw tonight,” MacLeod said “the players showed a lot of heart and the effort was definitely there – they played hard every one of the sixty minutes.”
MacLeod was particularly pleased with the success of special teams. “They executed the power play well” he notes “both teams moved the puck well and scored consistently on the power play.” Both teams also scored short-handed goals during the exhibition. By watching instead of coaching, MacLeod was also able to see what areas he wants to focus on. “While there’s always room for improvement, I felt like the offensive side was good,” he said, “defensively I felt like we gave up too many shots but that can be fixed. Overall I’m really happy with the progress they made throughout training camp.”
The Rampage will open the regular season at home with games against the Texas Jr. Brahmas.