The San Antonio Rampage knew coming into the season that every game with the Texas Stars is important since they will play eight few games than their Pacific Division opponents. Tuesday night may prove to be an important game in the standings..at least for now.
The Rampage rallied to force overtime, but fell 5-4 to the Stars in front of 4,752 fans inside the Cedar Park Center to conclude their three-game series.
Borna Rendulic got the Silver and Black on the scoreboard just 1:05 after the opening puck drop to give the good guys the early lead. Texas answered back when Stephen Johns put the puck past San Antonio goaltender Roman Will at 6:05 to make it a 1-1 game.
Texas took a 2-1 lead into the second period after a Rampage turnover led to a Travis Morin goal as he got loose and skated in for an easy shot past Roman at 9:45.
San Antonio took advantage of a power play and tied the game in the middle frame. Reid Petryk put a backhand shot past Texas net minder Maxime Legace at the 3:15 mark. The Stars took back the lead before the end of the period with goal off the stick of Mattias Backman, giving Texas the 3-2 advantage.
Morin extended the Stars lead to two goals with his second goal of the night with a short-handed tally at the 2:40 mark of the third period. With time running out, the Rampage got two goals from Dennis Everberg and Rendulic just over a minute apart to knot the score at 4-4 and force overtime.
In the extra frame, former Rampage team captain Greg Rallo burned his former team. Rally scored the game-winning goal off a 4-on-3 power play chance with 1:44 left to give Texas the 5-4 victory.
San Antonio finished the game 2-for-4 on the power play, while Texas was 1-for-5. Will made 32 saves on 37 Texas shots, while Legace stopped 32 of 36 shots in the win.
The Rampage are now 14-11-7-0 (35 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Friday night to welcome the San Diego Gulls to the AT&T Center at 7:30 p.m. for their first game of 2016.