Gameday Preview: Stars v. San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
12-10-8-0, 32 pts
#10 Western Conference
atSan Antonio Rampage
17-9-3-0, 37 pts
#5 Western Conference
December 28th at 5:00 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

UPDATE: Cameron Gaunce has been reassigned by Dallas to Texas.

The final game of the final 3-in-3 of the season is this afternoon against the visiting San Antonio Rampage. Coach Laxdal pointed out that the 3-in-3 wears on the players mentally.

Brett Ritchie agrees, "It's not easy. You wake up the next morning, and you're pretty tired. It's all mental though, you're never as tired as you think you are."

Both teams will be coming into their third in three nights. San Antonio played Oklahoma City last night, dropping an overtime contest at the AT&T Center. Ritchie added, "The other team will be in the same boat tomorrow. They'll have a three-in-three so it's no excuse."

With a win, the Stars can pull within three points of San Antonio. More importantly, the Stars have a shot at 7th place in the conference with a win. Milwaukee, Grand Rapids and Hamilton are all idle tomorrow, and they rank 7th through 9th in the conference.

Henrik Kiviaho will back up today. It looks like Jack Campbell was pressed into service last night a bit prematurely as the Stars' coach indicated one of their goalies was having injury issues.

Stars injury/call up report:
Morin, Jokipakka, Gaunce (call up)
Dowling, Campbell (questionable)
Troock, Stefishen (injury)
Honka (World Junior)

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