Texas Shutout in San Antonio 4-0, Lose Twelfth Straight

The Texas Stars tried to shake things up with a roster change and some lineup moves but couldn’t snap their awful losing streak, falling to the San Antonio Rampage in a 4-0 shutout.

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Recently acquired Anthony Louis slotted into the top six next to Tanner Kero which pushed Jason Robertson down a line. Colton Point was also brought in for his season debut with the AHL club, and Landon Bow was given a healthy scratch.

You can’t fault them for trying anything at this juncture, but the returns were not great to say the least. Point was hardly to blame for the first goal allowed a little over three minutes into the contest. The Stars were unable to generate anything on a power play and the Rampage countered with zone pressure. Point was unable to fight through an effective screen of bodies and a deflected puck gave Alexey Toropchenko the first tally.

The Rampage poured it on in the second period with goals coming at the 31 second marker and with five minutes and ten seconds left respectively. Each passing goal had to weigh heavier and heavier on the Stars bench because their first period was the only one they appeared to be interested in playing.

Jake Walman’s power play maker halfway through the final frame was the exclamation point on a woeful slump for the Stars. That now makes twelve straight losses for the once proud franchise, a trend they don’t appear likely to reverse given the upcoming schedule.

Outside of about four quality scoring chances on breakaways and backdoor plays in the first period, the Stars were generally listless as they have been for most of this stretch. They have a chance to re-rack and fight their demons at home tomorrow against the Rockford IceHogs.

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Cuglietta, Vala, Tufte, Bow (scratch)
Hanley (call-up)
Scarlett (lower body)

Tonight’s attendance was 7,020.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Antonio - November 22 2019