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Weekend recap: Rampage split weekend with Stars

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The San Antonio Rampage split their weekend series with the Texas Stars (15-10-4) in a division battle as the Silver and Black go into the holiday break as winners of three of four. In case you missed it, here is a rundown of how the weekend went for San Antonio.

Friday, December 21: RAMPAGE 2, Texas 5

The Rampage saw their three-game winning streak snapped as they fell to the Stars 5-2 at the H-E-B Center on Friday night. 

San Antonio scored twice in the opening period but their strong start would not be enough. Sammy Blais opened the scoring at the 4:12 mark of the first period as he put home a wrist shot past Landon Bow to put the visitors up a goal.

Texas responded as Joel L’Esperance took the pass from Erik Condra to beat Ville Husso, knotting the score up 1-1. San Antonio regained the lead off Connor Bleackley‘s tally but Roope Hintz scored his first of two goals on the night to make it a 2-2 game going into the second period.

The Stars would get goals from Shane HannaHintz, and Colin Markison to seal the win.

Saturday, December 22: RAMPAGE 2, Texas 1

Nolan Stevens‘ goal lifted the Rampage to a 2-1 win over the Stars in front of 5,959 fans at the AT&T Center on Saturday night.

After a scoreless first period, both teams traded goals in the second. The visitors got on the scoreboard first when Adam Mascherin beat Husso early on in the middle stanza but Jordan Kyrou netted a goal in his third straight game to knot the score 1-1.

“That was missed early on,” Rampage coach Drew Bannister said of Kyrou. “He uses his speed to make it difficult on defenders and he’s been outstanding. He has found a way to have success at this level.”

In the overtime period, Stevens took the feed from Blais and put the puck past a diving Justin Dowling to give the Rampage the 2-1 win. The win is the fourth straight for the Rampage on home ice and they have won eight of their last nine at the AT&T Center. 

Now the team will have a few games off to celebrate the holidays before getting back to work. And it is a break they truly need. 

“It always nice to see your family and recharge,” Stevens said. “We’ll have a few days off before we head back to the rink and see the boys again.”

UP NEXT:

The Rampage are now 13-16-1 on the season and will return to the ice on Friday when they welcome the Ontario Reign (10-11-5) to the AT&T Center at 7:30 pm Central Time. 

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