Saturday, January 12, 2013

Gameday Preview: Stars v. San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
20-11-3-2, 45 pts
#4 Western Conference
v.San Antonio Rampage
16-19-0-4, 36 pts
#12 Western Conference
January 12th at 7:00 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

It's actually been a surprisingly long time since Texas and San Antonio faced off. The last contest between these two was December 19th, which is a while when you have to fit in twelve games in seven months.

After the Rampage's last game in Texas, a 2-0 loss, they went out on the road to start a point streak. After losing at Toronto, they went 4-0-0-1 over their next four. Since then, they are 2-2 and will be coming to the Cedar Park Center having just completed a 4-2 win over Lake Erie last night. Texas comes in defending a four-game win streak.

Jon Rheault and Drew Shore continue to be valuable players for the Rampage; they are the top two point scorers at 29 and 28 a piece. Former Star Greg Rallo is tied with Rheault for the goal lead at thirteen. Common wisdom on San Antonio is that they have their defense and goaltending figured out, but like Texas earlier in the year, still need to get a scoring touch out of more forwards.

Overall, the Rampage are winless against the Stars this season. In fact, Texas has only lost at home to the Rampage four times in team history.

On the Texas side, Matt Fraser has three of his fifteen goals against San Antonio. Francis Wathier, who is not expected to play, has four assists.

Stars injury/call up report:
Wathier (injury)

Website: sarampage.com
Blog (unofficial): Rampage with Tony U.
Blog (unofficial): Runnin' With The Herd
Twitter: @SARampage
Twitter: @SARampage_Voice (play-by-play for SA)

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