Texas Drops 8-2 Decision to San AntonioNov 2, 2019
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, fell to the San Antonio Rampage by a final score of 8-2 in their first trip to the AT&T Center this year. Texas scored early but could not find a spark as momentum shifted to San Antonio.
Texas opened scoring three minutes after the puck dropped as John Nyberg collected his second career goal. Brad McClure led the puck into the offensive zone and slit it to Jason Robertson who then made a quick pass to Joel L’Esperance for a shot on goal. Villie Husso made a pad save on the shot, but Nyberg connected on the rebound for the first goal of the night. Midway through the period, San Antonio got their first shot on the power play and Austin Poganski tied the game when he ripped a one-timer past Jake Oettinger. The Rampage further extended their lead to 3-1 with a goal from Austin Poganski and another by Kilm Kostin with San Antonio’s second power play goal of the frame.
The Stars opened the second on the man advantage and saw a total of three opportunities until they converted on the chance. After a rebound found its way to Nick Caamano at the right circle, the forward jammed it home to bring Texas back within one goal. Moments later, the Rampage gained control of the puck from a turnover in their zone and Nick Lappin took his shot against Oettinger. The Stars netminder made an incredible save on the one-on-one battle, but lost control as chaos ensued in front of the net. Eventually, Cam Darcy was able to knock in a rebound to regain San Antonio’s two goal lead. Before the intermission, the home team tacked on another goal to take a 5-2 lead into the final frame.
San Antonio kept momentum on their side as Mike Vecchione scored his second goal of the evening 4:14 into the frame. After the goal, Landon Bow entered the game in relief of Oettinger, but less than a minute later, Jack Dotchin added another to up the Rampage lead to 7-2. As salt in the wound, San Antonio added yet another goal late in the period to finish off an eight-goal effort.
Oettinger split playing time with Bow, but ultimately suffered the loss after surrendering six goals. In his first relief appearance of the season, Bow made five saves on seven Rampage shots. Husso earned the win after allowing two goals on Texas’ 30 shots. Each team found the back of the net on the power play as Texas went 1-for-5 and San Antonio scored two special teams goals on three opportunities.
The Stars have a week without games before returning home to the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park to face off against the Colorado Eagles for the first time in franchise history. Puck drop is slated for Saturday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m.
Written by Stevie Golding
Photo Credit: San Antonio Rampage
|Game Info||Shots||Goaltenders||3 Stars (Xerox Business Solutions Southwest)|
|Boxscore||TEX: 30||W: Ville Husso (SA)||1: Mike Vecchione (SA)|
|Photo||OPP: 31||L: Jake Oettinger (TEX)||2: Nick Lappin (SA)|
|Video||3: Klim Kostin (SA)|