San Antonio Wins in OT 4-3

Despite a comeback thanks to the power play, Texas could not seal the deal in overtime as they earned just their third OT loss on the season. San Antonio's Jon Matsumoto pushed the Rampage over the edge with his 23rd of the season 72 seconds into the overtime period at the AT&T Center. Campbell stopped 29 of 33 in the game and Texas bombed Jacob Markstrom, who had 39 saves on 42 shots. The Stars were 2/3 on the power play.

Here's the release, since I was unable to watch live. Texas got goals from Morin, Spang and Fraser.
The Texas Stars (31-38-3-2, 67 points) were defeated by the San Antonio Rampage (40-29-3-2, 85 points) 4-3 in overtime in front of 11,780 fans at the AT&T Center on Friday night. Center Jonathan Matsumoto scored 1:12 into overtime, helping the Rampage move closer to its first playoff berth since 2008. San Antonio goalie Jacob Markstrom (16-12-1) stopped 39 of 42 Texas shots to preserve the victory. Texas goalie Jack Campbell (4-5-0) stopped 29 of 33 in the loss. Stars right wing Matt Fraser scored his AHL-leading 37th goal of the year, tying the game midway through the third period and forcing overtime. Stars center Travis Morin scored a goal and added an assist, pushing his point total to a team-leading 66. Defenseman Dan Spang also scored and defender Jordie Benn added two assist, as Texas fell to 13-22-1-1 on the road this season. The Stars travel back to Cedar Park for the final home game of the regular season, a 7:00 p.m. faceoff with the Oklahoma City Barons at the Cedar Park Center.

San Antonio opened the scoring for the evening at 12:03 of the first period. Rookie forward Drew Shore redirected the puck off his skate and into the Texas net for his first pro goal. Forwards Wacey Rabbit and Eric Selleck each had an assist on the play, as San Antonio moved in front 1-0. Texas countered to tie the game at the end of the period. Center Travis Morin snapped a shot past goale Jacob Markstrom with 4.5 seconds remaining in the period, tying the game 1-1. Defensemen Brenden Dillon and Jordie Benn each had an assist on Morin’s 13th goal of the year.

The Rampage gained a two-goal lead, scoring twice in the first nine minutes of the second period. San Antonio forward Bill Thomas scored his team-leading 27th goal of the year at 3:16 of the middle frame. Thomas put a rebound past Cambell for the 2-1 lead. San Antonio forward Eric Selleck extended the lead to 3-1 at 8:53, scoring his fifth goal of the year off a backhand shot. The Stars used a power-play tally by defenseman Dan Spang to trim the San Antonio lead to 3-2. Forwards Alex Chiasson and Travis Morin each had an assist on Spang’s fourth goal of the season.

In the third period, rookie forward Matt Fraser tallied his AHL leading 37th goal of the season to tie the game 3-3. Fraser’s power-play goal was also assisted by Jordie Benn and Maxime Fortunus at 9:26 of the final frame. Fraser beat goalie Jacob Markstrom with a wrist shot from the left-wing circle, tying the game and forcing overtime.

The Rampage capitalized off a 2-on-1 rush just over a minute into the extra session. Michal Repik centered for Jonathan Matsumoto, who redirected the puck past Jack Campbell for the 4-3 overtime win.
Tonight's lines:



Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Vause, Schultz, Tousignant (long-term injury)
Schiestel, Godard, Beskorowany (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 11,780.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Antonio - April 13 2012