CEDAR PARK, TX– Texas battled arch-rival San Antonio three times this past weekend, gaining just one point (0-2-1) while getting swept. The weekend started with a tight battle on Friday night, which would go to a shootout before the Rampage prevailed 3-2. This would be the only point the Stars be able to gain, as San Antonio bested the Stars in regulation the next two nights.
Saturday started out looking like a goalie dual as the first period would end scoreless. The offenses woke up in the second, however, as the teams combined to light the lamp seven times in a busy second period. Despite scoring first and last in the frame, the Stars found themselves down three after two. San Antonio erupted for five goals in just 6:25 between the 5:29 and 11:54 marks of the period to lead 5-2 after forty minutes.
The Rampage scored the only goal of the third, an empty-netter by Joe Colborne, making the final score 6-2. Denis Gurianov had two assists for Texas, while Dominic Toninato (2G) and Colborne (G, A) had two points for San Antonio.
Yesterday afternoon in San Antonio the Stars played much better, outshooting the Rampage 30-14. Spencer Martin stood tall, though, making 29 saves in the Rampage win.
San Antonio scored the only goal of the opening frame; then each team would strike in a 3:29 stretch in the second. First, 11:50 in, the Rampage had a two-on-one shortly after killing a penalty. Klim Kostin carried it in, looked pass, and then ripped a wrister past Mike McKenna. Kostin’s first career AHL goal made it 2-0 Rampage.
After being outshot 24-8 by Texas thru two periods, San Antonio locked down on defense in the third. The Stars would manage just six shots on goal during the final frame, and none made it thru Martin. San Antonio added an empty net goal and defeated Texas 3-1 to sweep the three-in-three weekend set.
Stars of the Weekend: The weekend was dominated by San Antonio goaltending, as the Rampage duo of starter Martin, and backup Ville Husso, combined to stop 94 of 99 Texas shots on the weekend. Martin was 2-0 and stopped 60 of 63 (.952 save%), while on Saturday Husso stopped 34 of 36 (.944 save%).
Texas’ starter McKenna was also solid, stopping 47 of 51 Rampage shots (.921 save percentage) in three appearances. He went 0-1-1 as he would be outdueled by Martin twice, and get no decision stopping all 12 shots he faced in relief Saturday.
Offensively, Texas was led by Gurianov’s four assists, and two points each from Travis Morin (G, A) and Curtis McKenzie (2G). San Antonio was led by Colborne’s three points (G,2A), Toninato’s two goals, Kostin’s two points (G, A), and two points from Tage Thompson (G, A).
Where This Leaves Us: With the 3-0-0 weekend, the Rampage move to first place in the Pacific at 5-1-0-0 (10 points). The Stars, on the other hand, slip two spots to third with seven points (3-3-0-1).
Pacific Division Standings:
- San Antonio Rampage 5-1-0-0 10 Points
- Stockton Heat 4-2-0-0 8 Points
- Texas Stars 3-3-0-1 7 Points
- Bakersfield Condors 3-2-0-0 6 Points
- San Jose Barracuda 3-3-0-0 6 Points
- Tucson Roadrunners 2-1-1-0 4 Points
- San Diego Gulls 2-3-0-0 4 Points
- Ontario Reign 0-5-0-0 0 Points
What’s Next: The Stars return home for two games against Pacific Division opponents next weekend. Friday at 7:30 the Stars battle the San Diego Gulls for the third time this season. Texas is 1-1 against the Gulls after they split two in San Diego on the season’s second weekend. Then on Saturday at 7, the Stars host the San Jose Barracuda for the first time in 2017-18.
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