Stars Pick Up a Point in 3-2 Shootout Loss to RampageOct 20, 2017
CEDAR PARK, Texas - The Texas Stars dominated the first two periods of play, but goaltender Spencer Martin provided the heroics long enough for the San Antonio Rampage to find a second wind and pick up the 3-2 shootout victory on Friday night at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.
Martin turned aside 26 shots through the first two periods as Texas (3-1-0-1) outshot the Rampage (3-1-0-0) 28-7 during that span. Rocco Grimaldi's third-round goal is what sealed the win for the Rampage. Jason Dickinson scored his fifth goal of the season to add to his team lead for Texas.
Both teams traded goals through the first forty minutes of play as the Stars opened up the scoring with eight minutes to play in the first when an offensive zone faceoff forced a loose puck in the slot for Curtis McKenzie to snap home for his second of the year. The Rampage responded 39 seconds later on a shot from Tage Thompson in the slot to knot things up.
Dickinson's goal came on a deflection early in the as Denis Gurianov ripped a one-timer from the right circle as a Stars power play was expiring. The Rampage would tie things up again late in the second when Mason Geertsen finished off an odd-man rush from the left circle for his first of the season.
Things started to turn in the third when the Rampage used three consecutive power plays to ramp up the pressure on Texas. Mike McKenna pushed things to overtime in net for the Stars, and made a key save on San Antonio's Andrew Agozzino on the doorstep in the opening minute of the extra frame before finishing with 24 saves on the night.
Travis Morin scored in the opening round of the shootout along with San Antonio's Joe Colborne. Morin's point streak came to an end at four games for Texas.
Texas finished 0-for-5 on the power play. San Antonio went 0-for-3.