Gameday Preview: Stars at San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
0-0-0-0, 0 pts
#-- West Division
atSan Antonio Rampage
1-0-0-0, 2 pts
#1 West Division
October 10th at 3:00 PM
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

The Texas Stars open up their second season in Cedar Park on the road again. The short trip down I-35 will take Texas to face off against the San Antonio Stars Rampage. San Antonio started their season Friday night at home against the Chicago Wolves. The Rampage got offensive and put 6 goals in behind Drew MacIntyre.

As others have already noted, the Texas Stars got raided over the summer by various deep-pocketed teams willing to shell out to lure away veteran talent. To that end, the San Antonio Rampage will have some familiar names on their roster. In the Chicago game, the former Texas Stars got off to a good start. Matt Climie got the start in net and stopped 26 of 29 shots. Garrett Stafford scored the first goal of the night and ended 1-2-3 with a plus-2 rating. Mathieu Beaudoin also scored for the Rampage going 2-2-4 with a plus-four rating. San Antonio also picked up Nolan Yonkman, a defenseman most recently of the Milwaukee Admirals, and Tim Stapleton from the Wolves. Prognosticators across the league have picked the Rampage to be an improved team this year and the Stars will do well to heed such warnings.

Meanwhile, Texas did not see any flashy free agent pickups in the off-season. Texas's new talent mostly came through acquisitions by the big club aging up into the AHL. Tomas Vincour, Ondrej Roman, Phillip Larsen and Richard Bachman are all property of the Dallas Stars who have now been moved up to gain experience at the AHL level. With the cupborad raiding that was done by various teams around the league, veteran defensive slots will be filled by younger defenseman. The Stars will be looking for the leadership of veterans such as Fortunus and Lukowich to guide the team on the blue line.

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