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Rampage rally to down Stars in eighth annual Pink in the Rink game

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SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Rampage scored four unanswered goals as they rallied to defeat for a 4-2 victory over the Texas Stars (24-17-4-2) in front of 12,324 fans at the AT&T Center on Friday night.

The win closed out an eight game home-stand, which saw the Rampage go 4-2-2. San Antonio will now hit the road for the next month while the Rodeo takes over the AT&T Center.

Texas opened the scoring when the Rampage turned the puck over while on the power play. Austin Fyten would take the puck down the pink ice as he beat Ville Husso, putting the visitors up a goal after 20 minutes of play.

The Stars extended their lead in the second period when Brian Flynn beat Husso after forcing another San Antonio turnover at the 3:42 mark. The Rampage answered back when Samuel Blais fired the puck off the boards and off Texas goaltender Mike McKenna’s pad and into the net.

In the third period, San Antonio would score three consecutive goals to grab the win. Trent Vogelhuber tied the game off a pass from Duncan Siemens, team captain Chris Butler gave the Silver and Black their first lead of the game at 9:39 and forward Oskar Sundqvist sealed the win with three minutes remaining, finalizing the score at 4-2.

“It was special teams that made a difference at the start,” Rampage coach Eric Veilleux said. “We had a hard time getting shots through, they tweaked their PK and got more aggressive. Our execution was enough to power us through. It was just a matter of us finding a way to grind it out and that is exactly what we did.”

Here are the good and the bad from the Rampage’s win over Texas:

The Good:

  • San Antonio beat their in-state rivals for the seventh time in eight meetings.
  • Ville Husso had another solid night in between the pipes, stopping 25 of 27 shots. His efforts earned him Third Star of the Night honors.
  • Oskar Sundqvist had a solid debut.
  • The penalty kill was a perfect 5-for-5 on the night.
  • The crowd was out and loud in full force for a very special cause.

The Bad:

  • San Antonio’s power play at home continued to struggle, going just 1-for-7.

Up next:

The Rampage are now 24-17-4-0 (52 points, 0.578%) on the season and will hit the ice for the month for the Rodeo Road Trip. The team opens the trip tomorrow night when they take on the Texas Stars ((24-17-4-2) at Cedar Park Center.

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