Weariness Shows as Stars Fall to Rampage

The Texas Stars (23-24-2-3) looked very tired as they took on the San Antonio Rampage (18-20-7-5) after just completing a disappointing two-week road trip.  The Stars dropped 4 of 6 games while wearing their visitor’s jerseys. 

And the losing didn’t stop on home ice as the Rampage defeated the Stars in an overtime shootout, 3-2.  The Stars are now 1-4-1-1 against the Rampage this season in the IH-35 Rivalry. 

The Rampage totally controlled the Stars in the opening period.  Mitch Reinke found the back of the net for San Antonio just 2:37 minutes into the game.  Texas did not get a shot off until 7 minutes into the period, and could only muster 4 shots-on-goal to San Antonio’s 20.  Rhett Gardner did put the Stars on the scoreboard at 8:33 minutes. 

The Stars upped the attack intensity in the second period but Rampage goaltender Wilcox was a human backboard.  Tanner Kaspick’s goal gave San Antonio a 2-1 lead at the end of the period. 

Texas was again handcuffed by San Antonio in the final frame, generating only 6 shots-on-goal.  But a penalty by San Antonio late in the period, combined with a masterful move by Stars head coach Neil Graham to pull the goaltender on the power play, produced a game-tying goal in just 11 seconds. 

No goals were scored in the initial five-minute overtime period.  Nathan Walker scored the only goal in the overtime shoot-out, giving San Antonio the win. 

Starting goaltender for the Texas, Landon Bow (12-10-2), left the game after six minutes of play, suffering a lower body injury.  Bow allowed 1 goal on 11 shots. 

Jake Oettinger (10-13-3) replaced Bow between the posts and suffered the loss, despite a spectacular effort.  Oettinger made 36 saves against 37 shots, and allowed 1 goal in the overtime shootout. 

San Antonio goal keeper Adam Wilcox (6-6-4) earned the win, making 22 saves on 24 shots.  Wilcox

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