Friday, December 27, 2013

Stars' Comeback Effort Squandered in 3-2 Shootout Loss

Brett Ritchie (Credit: Josh Huskin)
The Stars had to come from behind in this one in San Antonio, trailing 2-1 in the third period, to earn a single point with a shootout loss to the Rampage. Ryan Button scored the game-tying goal with 100 seconds left in regulation. Texas fell to 0-3 in shootouts this season with Cristopher Nilstorp only stopping two of four. Jacob Markstrom stopped all four in the skills competition portion.

Texas opened the scoring on the power play (naturally). Brett Ritchie was the beneficiary of solid work by Chris Mueller and Brendan Ranford to get a shot on net. Mueller put the puck off the pads of Markstrom and Ritchie collected the rebound for his fifth of the year.

Former Star Greg Rallo, now the Rampage captain, put up the next tally. Early in the second period, he found the mark from one of his favorite spots, the left wing circle. The one-timer was his eighth of the year.

The Rampage pulled ahead in the third period with Wade Megan's first goal of the season. Cristopher Nilstorp was screened on the shot and didn't have a chance on the save.

A point shot from Button put Texas back in the game and restored the Stars' shot at two points. The goal, assisted by Oleksiak and Wathier, came off one of 47 shots in the game for Texas.

Despite a San Antonio power play in the overtime period, neither team scored. The Stars found themselves in the shootout for the third time this season. Once again, they did not emerge victorious. Denny Urban and Bobby Butler scored in the third and fourth rounds while Texas failed to find the net at all.

The Rampage head up the road to the Cedar Park Center to play again tomorrow night. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Southwest.

Tonight's lines:
McKenzie-Morin-Ranford
Wathier-Mueller-Ritchie
Hedden-Dowling-Vause
Stransky-Peters

Jokipakka-Fortunus
Button-Oleksiak
Sinkewich-Labrie
Wrenn

Nilstorp

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Gaunce, Sceviour (callup)
Petersen, Montgomery (scratch)
Nemeth, Glennie, Campbell (injury)

Texas dressed seven defensemen in this one.

Tonight's attendance was 8,904.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Antonio - December 27 2013

2 comments:

  1. Being picky, but: "The goal, assisted by Oleksiak and Wathier, was one of 47 in the game for Texas." Maybe that should say '47 shots'?
    - PBG

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    1. You're not being picky. You're being correct. Thanks.

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