|(Credit: Texas Stars)
Recently signed to an amateur tryout agreement after finishing his career at Northern Michigan University, forward Robbie Payne played in his first professional game. Payne did get off a quality shot in the second period but otherwise went unnoticed.
After hitting a couple of posts in the first period, the Rampage broke open the scoring with about a minute and a half left with a goal from Andrew Agozzino. Assisted by former Star Brendan Ranford, the tally was Agozzino's eighth point in his last nine games.
The Stars couldn't crack goaltender Andrew Hammond in the second period, although they did outshoot the Rampage 12-7. With 43 seconds left in the frame, Roope Hintz dropped the gloves with Nick Meloche after a scrum in the front of Hammond's crease.
Less than two minutes into the final period, Rampage defenseman Jesse Graham beat Bow on a shot from the point to put the Stars down by two. The Stars would answer near the ten minute marker when Regner took a slick pass from Brian Flynn and buried one past Hammond.
The Stars made a quick push but were turned away by Hammond for the next couple of shifts. In the waning minutes of the game, the Stars took an ill-timed penalty and were only left with a minute and a half of time after the kill to get an extra attacker on the ice. A couple of shot attempts and a zone exit later, the Rampage held on to get the win and keep their own playoff hopes alive.
The Stars head for the midwest with their first game on the trip coming against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday. The puck drops at 6:00 PM CST.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Mangene, Kelleher, Thompson, Paliotta (scratch)
Dickinson, McKenzie, Heatherington, McKenna (call-up)
Tonight's attendance was 10,116.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Antonio - March 24 2018