CEDAR PARK – The San Antonio Rampage wrapped up the 2015-16 preseason with a 5-4 overtime loss to the Texas Stars on Sunday afternoon at the Cedar Park Center. Four different players tallied goals for the Rampage, including two power-play goals from Colin Smith and Chris Bigras.
Stephen Johns tallied the first goal of the game to give Texas a 1-0 lead just 3:21 into the contest. Smith answered for the Rampage, hammering in a rebound off a Cody Corbett shot to knot the game at one.
San Antonio took their first lead of the game just over three minutes later, as Mason Geertsen took a drop pass from Trevor Cheek and put the puck past John Muse to make it a 2-1 game.
Brendan Ranford, who didn’t suit up for the Stars in Friday night’s game, scored the equalizer on the power play at 16:31 of the frame, but the Rampage took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission, as Chris Bigras took a cross-crease pass from Alex Belzile and tapped it past Muse giving San Antonio their second power-play goal in as many opportunities with the man advantage.
Each team scored in the middle frame. Devin Shore picked up a goal for the Stars, and Brett Perlini converted off a Texas turnover to give the Rampage a 4-3 advantage — their third lead of the game — heading into the break.
After a scoreless 19 minutes in the third period, Justin Dowling scored a low-angle shot from the right circle to send the game to overtime. Julius Honka tapped in a Branden Troock pass with 1.9 seconds left in the extra frame to seal a 5-4 win for the Stars.
Notes: The Rampage were outshot 30-19, but San Antonio finished with a .211 shot percentage, including scoring three goals on six shots in the opening period. The Silver and Black finished 2-for-3 on the power play. Calvin Pickard, who played the entire game, made 25 saves on 30 shots.
Saturday: Rampage at Texas, 7:00 p.m.