A Professional Tryout Contract usually lasts 25 games where the team can have enough time to let the player have a chance to show that he is worthy to play in the AHL. If he is, then the team will sign him to a regular contract. If not, then the player will be released and most likely returned to where he was playing prior to the PTO that was signed.
Rejean Beauchemin is currently playing in his 1st season for the Americans and has 3 Shutouts on the season and has been part of a goaltending carousel where 5 players have played in goal for the Americans this season. This hasn't hampered the Americans efforts where they trail the Wichita Thunder by just 1 point with both teams having 25 games left to play in the regular season which is scheduled to end on March 25.
It's important that the Rampage have a strong weekend as the team will prepare for their annual Rodeo Road Trip with the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo that will be at the AT&T Center from February 9-26 as the team will embark on an 11 game road trip where the Rampage where they will start with a 4 games up north in Toronto & Hamilton in Ontario, also Rochester & Grand Rapids during that time. Then they will have a pair of games against the Texas Stars on the 17th & 18th then up to Oklahoma City on Sunday the 19th to complete a 3 game in 3 night series.
Then the road trip wraps up in the Mid-West to play 2 against Peoria and will wrap it up against Milwaukee & Chicago on February 29. The Rampage will return home on March 3 against the Houston Aeros.
In addition to the Americans battling for the Top Spot in the CHL Berry Conference and even for home ice advantage for the playoffs. This is also an important part of the season coming up for the San Antonio Rampage as they are currently in the middle of a 7 game winning streak that has helped the Rampage climb to 7th Place in the Western Conference and are currently sitting just 4 points back of the Houston Aeros who sit in 4th Place.
In addition, they are also just 3 points back of the 8th Place Peoria Rivermen and just 4 points ahead of the Milwaukee Admirals & Rochester Americans who are tied with 46 points. So the Rampage could see themselves possibly continue to climb up or slide down the Western Conference Standings in a hurry when the AHL Resumes their regular season tomorrow night against Oklahoma City tomorrow night. In all, the team has 32 games left in the regular season that will be played over the next 2 and-a-half months to wrap up the regular season that will end on April 15.
Upcoming San Antonio Rampage Schedule
2/2: @ Oklahoma City Barons 7:00 PM
2/3: VS. Lake Erie Monsters 7:00 PM
2/7: @ Hamilton Bulldogs 9:00 AM
2/10: @ Toronto Marlies 6:00 PM
2/11: @ Rochester Americans 6:35 PM
San Antonio Rampage Press Release
Florida Panthers Exc. Vice President & GM Dale Tallon announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Brian Foster. In addition, the Rampage have announced that they have signed goaltender Rejean Beauchemin to a Professional Tryout Deal (PTO).
Foster, 24, earned his third call up of the season to the Panthers. In 11 games with San Antonio this season, Foster is 4-6-0 with a 3.55 GAA. In 10 games with Cincinnati this year, Foster is 8-1-1 with a 2.47 GAA and a 911 SV%. The Pembroke, N.H. native was drafted by Florida in the fifth round (161st overall) in the 2005 NHL Draft.
Beauchemin, 26, has appeared in 18 games with the Allen Americans (CHL) this season posting a 10-4-4 record with a .932 SV%. In 25 career AHL Games, the Winnipeg, Manitoba Native has posted a 5-15-1 record with a .855 Save Percentage and a 3.71 Goals Against Average split between Philadelphia (2005-07), Houston (2008-09) and Manitoba (2009-10). He was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round (191st overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
The Rampage will host their second annual Pink in the Rink Night this Friday at 7:00 PM at the AT&T Center. The ice will be dyed pink and the team will wear pink themed jerseys that will be auctioned off post-game to benefit the San Antonio affiliate of Susan G. Komen. A limited number of tickets are available and can be purchased by calling a Rampage Rampage representative at 210-444-5554 or online at www.sarampage.com