SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Rampage used a flawless second period to defeat the Texas Stars 5-2 in front of 6,704 fans at the AT&T Center on Saturday night, wrapping up their home-and-home set with their in-state rivals.
The victory saw the Silver and Black snap a two-game losing streak where they were outscored 10-6. San Antonio played their best contest of the young season, taking it to their rivals at every shift and getting to every loose puck.
Here is what went good and bad for the Rampage as well as three standout players: Andrew Agozzino, Tage Thompson, and Spencer Martin.
- After giving up an early goal, San Antonio took it to Texas the rest of the first period. Despite not getting a goal in the opening 20 minutes, the Silver and Black led in the shots department 12-7.
- The second period was easily their best of the season thus far. The Rampage outscored the Stars 3-0, getting goals from A.J. Greer (2), Alex Belzile (2), and Tage Thompson (5). San Antonio outshot the Stars 11-6 in the middle stanza and had a 23-13 advantage after two periods.
- San Antonio’s penalty kill was solid, stopping all three Texas opportunities. The Rampage put in work on the kill, not allowing the Stars to properly set up in the offensive zone.
- As good as the second period was for the Rampage, the third was the exact opposite. The Stars got seven of the first eight shots on net and won the period 12-6.
- San Antonio’s lack of focus allowed an early Texas goal just three minutes into the contest.
Three Standout Players:
Andrew Agozzino: The left winger finished the night with three total points, posting one goal and two assists. Agozzino’s goal came in the third period when he took a pass from Thompson in the slot to beat Texas goaltender Landon Bow for the tally.
Agozzino’s biggest contribution came from his assists. He assisted on Greer’s and Thompson’s goals in the second period, picking up his eighth and ninth helpers respectively. The assists show the chemistry the team has built from the beginning of the season to now, as well as the two organizations players mixing in quite well.
If Agozzino can continue to dish out the puck as well as score, adding him in the mix with Greer, Thompson, and Grimaldi can make the Rampage even more dangerous to teams later in the season.
Tage Thompson: The 20-year-old continued where he left off for the Rampage in their school day game loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday. Thompson finished the night with a goal and an assist, earning him Second Star of the Night honors.
Thompson’s goal was little mix of skill at luck. He scored his fifth of the season in the second period when he hit a floating puck in mid air that went right into the middle of the net, beating an out of place Bow. Thompson’s play as of late is a huge reason the Silver and Black are near the top of the standings in the West and leaves fans feeling hopeful early on.
Spencer Martin: The reigning AHL Player of the Week rebounded from a few tough outings to deliver a performance proving why he was named the POW. Martin gave up an early goal on Texas’ second shot of the night, but was a wall the rest of the way.
Martin stopped the 23 of 24 shots he faced and 23 of 25 overall to get the win. He held his own during the third period which saw the Stars open with a 7-1 advantage. Credit the San Antonio defense which was solid for the net minder between the pipes.
Up next: The Rampage are now 10-5-1-0 (21 points) on the season and will return to the ice on Tuesday when they open up a four-game road trip in Bakersfield against the Condors at 8:30 p.m.