Texas Stars rookie defender Ben Gleason (4 goals, 16 assist) scored two goals within 11 seconds to help defeat the San Antonio Rampage, 5-2. Gleason’s second goal came from mid-ice immediately after the face-off, catching Rampage goalie Ville Husso unaware.
The Stars beat the Rampage by the same score just six nights ago. Similar to that game, the Rampage scored first and the Stars started slow. Texas scored later in the opening frame off the stick of the red-hot Roope Hintz.
The game opened up in the second period with Michael Mersch scoring for Texas. San Antonio tied the game a minute later on a Jordan Kyrou score. Defenseman John Nyberg scored what came to be the game-winning goal late in the second period.
“We had some really good looks in the second, and I think (San Antonio goaltender Ville) Husso made some great saves,” said Laxdal.
Nyberg’s goal, coupled with Gleason’s two goals in the third period, set a high mark for the Stars. The Texas defensemen have been quiet this season offensively.
“I think our guys play a solid game, especially coming off the Christmas break.
We got a big kill in the third period and came back and scored,” said Laxdal, “I think that deflated the air in their game.”
Texas Stars goalie Landon Bow (12-5-3) earned the win, making 24 saves on 26 shots. San Antonio goalkeeper Ville Husso (5-13-1) was assigned the loss, allowing 5 goals on 30 shots. Husso left the game with an injury and was replaced by Evan Fitzpatrick (0-0-0) with 7 minutes remaining. Fitzpatrick make 2 saves on 2 shots.