Justin Dowling Scores Lone Goal in 4-1 Texas Loss to Rampage

The depleted Texas Stars narrowly avoided a shutout and lost handily to the San Antonio Rampage 4-1 on Friday night. The game was never close, although Justin Dowling's marker late in the third period with the empty Texas net made it more respectable. Phillipe Desrosiers got the start in net in place of recently called-up Landon Bow and finished with 20 saves on 23 shots.

Rampage forward Ryan Olsen broke open the scoring with about seven minutes left in the opening frame during a delayed penalty call. San Antonio emptied their net and took their time to set up Olsen for the goal during 6-on-5 play.

Another forward got on the score sheet for the Rampage five minutes into the middle frame as Charlie Sampair snuck one past Desrosiers. It was the only real blemish in an otherwise solid night for Desrosiers. The Stars had a huge chance to get back in the game after a bevy of penalties was dished out to the Rampage, giving Texas nearly two minutes of 5-on-3. Jordan Binnington got the better of them and finished with 27 saves on 28 shots.

San Antonio winger Austin Poganski put the game away about halfway through the final period with his second goal of the season. Though Dowling's goal four minutes later gave Texas a late surge, they never truly threatened as the Rampage added an empty netter for good measure.

The Stars continue their mini series against the Rampage Saturday night in Cedar Park. The puck drops at 7:00 CST.

Tonight's lines:



Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Scarlett (season-ending ACL injury)
Mersch (lower body)
Vala, Pearce (scratch)

Tonight’s attendance was 6,253.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Antonio - November 23 2018