Friday, January 27, 2012

Stars Fall Flat in Alamo City 6-2

Despite nearly a week's rest, Texas's three game winning streak came to an end tonight at the hands of San Antonio Rampage, who extend their own streak to six straight. There really isn't a lot to say about a game that ends with a 6-2 final and was 3-0 after only the first period. Andrew Raycroft was pulled for the first time after allowing five goals on only twenty shots. Texas got goals from Tomas Vincour and Angelo Esposito. Esposito was one of few bright spots in the game, getting two points against his former club.

The first period was rough for Texas as former Star Greg Rallo started things off with his 10th of the year. To finish off the period, the Rampage got two goals in the last two minutes: Scott Timmins tipping a Caruso shot and Repik shooting one home.

Texas fought back a bit in the second as Tomas Vincour extended his long dormant road scoring streak to six games with his 11th AHL goal of the year. Angelo Esposito assisted against his previous team. New acquisition Jon Matsumoto wristed one home to set things at 4-1, regaining the Rampage's three goal lead. Esposito would get it back to a two-goal deficit to close the second, but the third period was all San Antonio.

A goal from former Star Ondrej Roman chased Andrew Raycroft from the net. Beskorowany gave up a goal on his second shot against to Mark Cullen. Texas had a few scraps in the game from Wathier and Dillon to try to spark something. Coach Pyle shuffled the lines after the first period trying to find a spark for his club. Ultimately, Texas could not rally from the early deficit and ended with their first loss in nearly two weeks. Texas will head to OKC overnight to face the Barons tomorrow night.

Tonight's lines:
Fraser-Morin-Hedden
Sceviour-Glennie-Wathier
Vincour-Garbutt-Esposito
Gazdic-Connolly-Schultz

Benn-Larsen
Dillon-Spang
Fortunus-Berube

Raycroft

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Lukowich, Tousignant, Sawada (injury)
Labrie, Godard, Hauswirth (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 7,869.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Antonio - January 27 2012

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