|San Antonio was a step ahead of Texas all night (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)|
Jack Campbell got his second straight start with Jussi Rynnas under the weather again. He wouldn't last the full game, getting pulled in the third period for Maxime Lagace. Campbell stopped 27 of 33 on the night. Especially with Rynnas out sick, this was not the type of performance that the Stars needed out of their starting goaltender.
It is unclear if the Stars were too beleaguered by the illness that is affecting the locker room or if this is the new normal. The Rampage seemed faster, hungrier and overall better than the Stars tonight. After so many years of giving the Rampage fits, is this the comeuppance year for Texas?
The Rampage struck early in each of the first two periods and scored on their first scoring chance of the night to boot. Connor Brickley got things started just 79 seconds into the game. His rebound goal, the third in a shot series against Campbell, put Texas on its heels immediately. It took seven minutes for the Stars to register their first shot on net. Texas would recover in the back half of the frame, assisted by some power play time to get the shot count up, but still trailed 1-0 at the first intermission.
Bobby Butler continued the scoring for San Antonio as he beat defenseman Maxime Fortunus off the opening faceoff and broke in on Campbell alone for the 2-0 lead. The Rampage continued to pile it on with a power play goal at the midpoint of the frame, a shot by Drew Shore off the skate of Connor Brickley for the 3-0 lead.
With the fans getting antsy for the teddy bear toss goal, Justin Dowling delivered. The Stars crashed Dan Ellis's net and put home a loose puck over the sprawled-out Ellis for their first goal of the night. It was a good answer goal, coming just 31 seconds after the power play tally for San Antonio.
Five minutes later though, Alex Petrovic would regain the three goal lead for the Rampage with his first of the year. The wrister from the slot put the Stars down by three heading to the third.
The Stars would have to kill off a major penalty to Matej Stransky in the third period and would not hold. Garrett Wilson and Brett Olsen would score to set the mark at 6-1 and end Jack Campbell's night. Maxime Lagace would fair no better, allowing a goal just a few minutes into his AHL career to Garrett Wilson again.
San Antonio would lay back at that point and keep the score at 7-1. The Stars will visit San Antonio on Sunday trying to regroup from this loss.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
McKenzie, Klingberg, Jokipakka (call up)
Peters, Dalhuisen (scratched)
Rynnas, Ritchie, Henderson (illness)
Tonight's attendance was 5,754.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. San Antonio - November 21 2014