“It's like a moon eclipse where it only happens once or twice a year,” joked Tebuert, who also had an assist. “It's all defense the rest of the year.”
The Rampage swept two one-goal games last weekend in San Antonio and had won three of the first four meetings. The Barons can tie the season series with a win Saturday night. It will be the fourth meeting in a week. Faceoff is 7:05 p.m.
“This is the AHL. It seems like you play each other a million times,” Teubert said. “You're like brothers by the end of it and you want to kill each other. Obviously they're a big team. We just have to know if we can win battles in front of the net we'll have chances to score.”
Play was chippy Friday with six fighting penalties, four roughing calls, two unsportsmanlike conducts and a game misconduct.
“Tempers obviously are starting to flare,” Nelson said. “It's like a playoff series. The intensity will rise. They wanted to try and set the tone for (Saturday). That's why all those extracurricular activities were going on. ”
The South Division rivals will play each other 12 times this season.
“Their team identity is a big, strong team,” Eberle said. “Down 5-1, you have to expect they're going to push back and try to send a message. At the end of the day we have to be smart, use our skill and realize we play them again (Saturday).”