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Rampage Blanked In Texas

Wednesday, 12.19.2012 / 11:51 PM / 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

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 47 16 13 -2 29
A. Ekblad 47 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 44 9 17 0 26
J. Jokinen 46 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 45 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 36 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 36 5 10 -6 15
B. Campbell 47 3 12 0 15
D. Kulikov 42 1 13 -4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 12 8 .920 2.41
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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