Stars Searching for Answers After 8-2 Blowout Loss to Rampage

Halloween is in the rearview mirror, but the San Antonio Rampage turned their building into a house of horrors for the Texas Stars on Saturday night, blowing them out 8-2 and setting a new team record for goal against their I-35 rival.

Blue chip prospect Jake Oettinger had a rough outing in net and was pulled in the third period after his sixth goal allowed.

The Stars scored the first goal, John Nyberg’s first of the season, but never threatened much after ceding three unanswered in the first period.

Stars head coach Derek Laxdal commented after Friday night’s loss that the time for teaching was just about over. The time has come for implementation. His young team may force him to revisit that statement as they have a long week of practices to figure some things out.

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Austin Poganski, Nathan Walker, and Klim Kostin all answered Nyberg’s goal respectively, two of the tallies coming on the power play. It was only the beginning of the Stars’ nightmare scenario.

Nick Caamano drew back into the lineup after a brief call-up to the parent club and scored a nice power play goal halfway through the second period to cut into the lead. The Stars were pretty much done from there.

Turnovers, miscues, and failing to pick up assignments were what did the Stars in as the Rampage went wild with five more goals in the back half of the game. The Rampage had seven players with multi-point games, Nick Lappin leading them all with three helpers.

For now, the fright fest is over. If you’re an optimist, the Stars have exactly one week before they play their next game and can use this time to watch film and recenter themselves. If you’re not, this will be a long week.

The Stars take on the Colorado Eagles in Cedar Park next Saturday, their first time to play against the former ECHL team since they graduated to the AHL last season. That’s something to look forward to.

Tonight's lines:



Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Tufte, MacKay (scratch)
Heatherington, Bayreuther (injured)
Hanley (call-up)

Tonight’s attendance was 8,042.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Antonio - November 2 2019