The San Antonio Rampage extended their winning streak to three games with a wild 5-4 win over the Texas Stars in front of 5,891 fans inside the Cedar Park Center on Saturday evening.
Nikita Zadorov got the good guys on the scoreboard, beating Texas goaltender John Muse just over five minutes into the contest. Dennis Everberg added another goal for the Silver and Black two minutes later as the puck bounced off Muse and into the net as the Rampage took a 2-0 lead into the middle frame for the first time in over a month.
Texas cut into the San Antonio lead when Radek Faksa banged home a rebound off a Greg Rallo shot and past Roman Will to make it a one goal game. Travis Morin tied the game up at two with a shot that found its way past Will at 8:20 of the middle frame.
Joey Hishon gave the lead back to the Rampage before the second intermission with a wrist shot over Muse’s shoulder as San Antonio took a 3-2 lead into the final frame.
The Stars took advantage of an early power play in the third period and knotted the score at three goals apiece with a shot from Esa Lindell just 40 seconds in. Colin Smith gave San Antonio the lead right back with a wrist shot that found its way past Muse at 12:52.
Texas tied the game once again with Julius Honka’s power play goal just over three minutes later. Hishon’s second goal of the evening with 20 seconds remaining in regulation would prove to be the difference as the Rampage left the Austin suburbs with a 5-4 victory.
San Antonio earned the win despite being outshot 48-26, including 19-4 in the second period. The Rampage finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while Texas was 2-for-5.
The Rampage will now return home for their annual Teddy Bear Toss game for a rematch with the Stars at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the AT&T Center.