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Rampage Blanked In Texas

Wednesday, 12.19.2012 / 11:51 PM ET / Recap
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Rampage Blanked In Texas

CEDAR PARK, Texas (December 19, 2012) – Jacob Markstrom made 21 saves in net for the Rampage, but San Antonio (10-16-0-3) was shut out, 2-0, by the Texas Stars (14-8-2-2) Wednesday night at Cedar Park Center.

San Antonio outshot Texas, 27-23, but was unable to solve Stars goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp, who blanked the Rampage for the second time this season – both of which came at Cedar Park Center.

The Rampage have dropped their first four games of the season against the Stars are now winless in their last five games (0-5-0-0), while Texas has only lost once in regulation in their last 11 games (8-1-1-1).

Rampage forward Greg Rallo had a golden opportunity to give San Antonio an early lead less than a minute into the action. James Wright entered the offensive zone on the left wing and dished a perfect pass to Rallo, who one-timed a shot but was denied by Nilstorp.

The Stars struck first when forward Reilly Smith fired a sneaky backhand shot from the low slot past Markstrom at 5:45 of the opening frame. The two teams exchanged chances in the final minutes of the period, but neither was able to light the lamp – as the buzzer sounded and Texas held a 1-0 lead.

The two teams combined for only 11 shots in the middle frame and the Rampage didn’t register their first shot on goal until nine minutes into the action. Markstrom made several stops to keep it a one-goal game. Near the midway point of the period, the Rampage netminder made a right pad save on a shot that came through traffic and was deflected. 

The Stars extended their lead to 2-0 at 1:02 of the third period. Smith collected a Rampage turnover and found Alex Chiasson open in the high slot. Chiasson fired a shot that beat Markstrom low to give the Stars the two-goal lead.

San Antonio had a great opportunity to get back in the game when the Stars took two penalties at the 5:01 mark, giving the Rampage a full two minutes with a 5-on-3 man advantage. However, the Stars penalty kill was aggressive and held the Rampage to only one shot on goal on the power play.

The Rampage went on to rattle off 16 shots in the third period, more than their first two periods combined, but were unable to beat Nilstorp on the night.

San Antonio finished the night 0-for-3 on the power play, while Texas was 0-for-2 with the man advantage.

The Rampage will travel to Canada for two games leading up to the holiday break. First up, the Silver and Black will square off against the Toronto Marlies at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21. San Antonio will then travel to Hamilton to face the Bulldogs at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22.

The Rampage will return home on Saturday, Dec. 29 for a 7:00 p.m. game against the Houston Aeros after opening up action following the holiday break on the road on Friday, Dec. 28 at Oklahoma City.

Individual, and season, tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the AT&T Center Southeast Box Office, by calling a Rampage representative at 210-444-5554 or online at sarampage.com

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 53 17 23 13 40
J. Huberdeau 56 11 29 10 40
J. Jokinen 56 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 56 17 18 2 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 56 18 16 11 34
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 52 11 13 17 24
B. Campbell 56 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 41 9 10 -5 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 14 5 .924 2.29
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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