AT&T Center – The San Antonio Rampage have been in a funk for the past few games and have not won in the month of December. That same theme would continue as the Silver and Black closed out their homestand against their in-state rivals.
The Rampage dropped a 3-2 decision to the Texas Stars in front of 5,792 fans at the AT&T Center for their fifth straight loss.
San Antonio struck first when Chris Bigras beat Texas netminder John Muse with a shot from the point at 3:58 of the opening frame. The Stars answered back at 7:42 with a goal from Brett Ritchie to make it 1-1 going into the second period.
Texas took advantage of a Rampage turnover when Justin Dowling gave the visitors the lead with a backhand shot midway through the middle frame to put the Stars up 2-1. Cody Corbett scored his first goal of the season before intermission, knotting the game at two goals apiece.
The Stars sealed the win at 7:26 of the final frame with a wrist shot from Julius Honka that found its way past Pickard.
San Antonio was outshot 36-33 for game, including 31-19 through two periods.
“I liked the start of the game. I thought we had some energy and we gave it back,” Rampage Head Coach Dean Chynoweth said. “Second [periods] seem to be a trouble spot for us, we didn’t have a shot in the first ten minutes. That’s a product of not winning face-offs.”
Pickard stopped 33 of 36 shots in the loss, while Muse made 31 saves on 33 Rampage shots. San Antonio finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while Texas was 0-for-2 with their man advantage.
The Rampage are now 11-8-6-0 (28 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Tuesday when they travel to Canada to face the Manitoba Moose at 7 p.m. inside the MTS Centre.