SAN ANTONIO – Dominic Toninato’s goal 1:12 into overtime was the difference as the San Antonio Rampage earned a 1-0 victory over the Texas Stars (18-11-3-1) in front of 7,525 fans at the AT&T Center on Friday night.
The game was a far cry from previous meetings between the two clubs. Both teams put up a defensive battle for 61 minutes before Toninato’s goal. San Antonio was a perfect 2-for-2 on the penalty kill as Ville Husso earned the white wash.
“So far we played five periods the right way,” Rampage coach Eric Veilleux said. Three in overtime over there [in Austin] and the first two here. We played extremely well defensively and I don’t think we gave much. I’m extremely proud for those guys.”
Here is what went good and bad for the Rampage, as well as two standout players: Ville Husso and Dominic Toninato.
- The Rampage continue to stay disciplined, giving up only two power play opportunities to the Stars. In the past two games, San Antonio has committed just six minor penalties.
- Ville Husso looked back on form.
- San Antonio played solid for the past five periods, going back to Wednesday’s game. If the Rampage can play like they have on a consistent basis, they will easily lock up a playoff berth.
- San Antonio struggled in the third period as Texas outshot San Antonio 9-1 in the first five minutes and 14-7 for the frame.
Two Standout Players:
Dominic Toninato: The Colorado Avalanche prospect continued his success against the Texas Stars this week. Wednesday saw Toninato posted a goal and an assist in the Rampage’s overtime victory. On Friday, he scored the lone goal for his sixth of the season.
Toninato along with Rocco Grimaldi is proving to be a solid player on both ends of the ice for the Silver and Black. A good sign as the calendar turns to 2018.
Ville Husso: The Rampage netminder was in between the pipes for the first time since giving up four goals in a loss to the Manitoba Moose earlier in the month. The St. Louis Blues prospect showed just how big he can be as he stopped all 27 shots he faced for the shutout.
Husso came up particularly big in the third period onslaught of shots from the Stars. He stopped Curtis McKenzie on a shot near the right post as the Stars put up 14 shots in the final stanza.
The Rampage are now 18-12-2-0 (38 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Sunday afternoon when they wrap up the 2017 portion of their schedule with a visit from the San Diego Gulls at 3 p.m.