Facing off against the San Antonio Rampage for the fourth time on the year, the Texas Stars managed to get a point in the standing out of the game. Some nights a shootout loss feels more like a victory and some nights it feels like a defeat. Tonight's felt like something slipped away as Texas suffered its first extra time defeat of the year.
Texas took the early lead just 7 minutes into the game on the power play. Fabian Brunnstrom was down low in the slot to deflect a bad angle shot from the right wing corner into the net. Larsen and Morin assisted Brunnstrom's 5th goal of the year.
San Antonio closed the period with a goal of their own, the only other tally in regulation. Brett MacLean also got down low on the Texas goaltender and just beat Bachman to the puck in the crease. "We lost a little coverage there in front," said Bachman after the game.
The two teams, who are already quite familiar with each other, got pretty chippy throughout the entire game. The usually high powered offense of the San Antonio Rampage seemed to sputter with missed passes, as did Texas's. Hits aren't displayed on the AHL's website but I imagine this game ranked up there.
The chippiness hit a forte in the second period when Luke Gazdic faced off against Ryan Hollweg and his wonderful mustache. Gazdic definitely won the fight, landing plenty of bombs and amping up the crowd and his team to close the second.
The game would instead go to overtime as both goaltender's held their ground through the last 40 minutes. Texas got off 4 shots to San Antonio's zero in the OT period, but it was still 1-1 and headed to the shootout. Of the missed chances, captain Lukowich pointed out: "We didn't capitalize when we had opportunities."
The Rampage scored on two of their first three while Texas did not score any shootout goals. Bachman pointed to the importance of making that first save in the shootout to get that momentum. Mikkel Boedker scored on the rookie goalie to start the Rampage's shootout session. "We'll be better in the shootout [as we learn more]," said Bachman.
Matt Climie was solid in his first win against the Texas Stars this year. San Antonio has trotted him out in all 4 games against Texas this year. "[Climie] had a good game," said captain Brad Lukowich, "That's probably the best he's played against us in a while."
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Benn, Stephenson and McCulloch (scratched)
Krahn (day-to-day, lower body)
Tonight's attendance was 5,976.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. San Antonio - December 3 2010