The San Antonio Rampage know they are locked into the third seed in the Western Conference. They also know that means resting key veterans and banged up players in a somewhat meaningless season finale against their in-state rivals.
The Rampage (45-23-7-1) forced overtime, but it was not enough as they fell 4-3 to the Texas Stars (40-22-13-1) in front of 6,863 fans inside the Cedar Park Center on Saturday evening.
Texas struck first with a goal from Julius Honka with a shot from near the blue line to give the Stars a 1-0 lead just over seven minutes into the game. Matej Stransky would add a goal as he placed the puck in between the legs of San Antonio goaltender Michael Houser at 13:35. He struck again just before intermission as San Antonio turned the puck over and Stransky buried the puck for a 3-0 lead for the Stars.
San Antonio got on the score in the second period as Connor Brickley put home a rebound past Texas goalie Jack Campbell at 5:18. Wade Megan got loose on a breakaway as he buried a backhand shot past Campbell for a short-handed tally and Vincent Trocheck’s backhand tied the game 3-3 going into the final period.
Despite the silver and black outscoring Texas 10-7 in the final frame, we would head to overtime in the season finale. In the extra period, Brendan Ranford tallied the game-winner for the Stars at 4:49 to secure the 4-3 win.
Houser finished with 23 saves on 27 Texas shots, while Campbell stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced. Both teams went scoreless on their lone power play chances of the game.
San Antonio finishes the regular season with a 23-11-4-0 record at home and 22-12-3-1 record away from the AT&T Center. The Rampage end the 2014-15 campaign with a record of 45-23-7-1 and 98 points.
The Rampage will now have four days off before hitting the ice for Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Oklahoma City Barons on Thursday at 7 p.m. inside the Cox Convocation Center.