Stars Edge Rampage 4-3
STARS EDGE RAMPAGE 4-3
Forward Rocco Grimaldi Becomes Fifth Skater In Franchise History to Record 30 Goals in Single Season
CEDAR PARK, Texas (April 12, 2017) – A third-period rally from the San Antonio Rampage (26-41-5-2) fell short as they dropped a 4-3 decision to the Texas Stars (33-36-1-4) on Wednesday night at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.
Grimaldi's first-period goal made him the fifth skater in franchise history to ever record 30 goals in a single season. This feat hasn't been accomplished since Brett MacLean registered 30 goals in the 2009-10 campaign. Forward Garry Nunn recorded an assist in his 450th professional game.
San Antonio opened the scoring early in the first frame when Grimaldi scored his 30th goal of the season at the 3:57 mark. Stars netminder Justin Peters made the save on Grimaldi's initial shot, but the puck ricocheted off a Texas skate and into the back of the net. Texas tied the game at one with six seconds remaining in the period thanks to a Gemel Smith deflection that snuck behind Rampage goaltender Joe Cannata.
The scoring continued in the middle frame as Texas took the lead with a power-play goal from Matt Mangene at 11:52. San Antonio struck back with a power-play goal of its own at 15:27 when Chris Bigras buried the puck upstairs on Peters. The Stars wasted no time regaining the lead as Cole Ully tipped in a centering pass from Mark McNeil at the 16:12 mark. Texas took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission.
Texas collected its fourth goal of the evening in the opening minutes of the third period, when Denis Gurianov registered his 11th of the season at 5:09. Despite the Stars 4-2 lead, San Antonio responded quickly with a tally from Reid Petryk at 6:13, extending his goal streak to four games. The Rampage pulled Cannata with two minutes left in regulation en favor of an extra attacker, but failed to land the game-tying goal.
Forwards: Defensemen: Goaltenders:
Bourque – Smith – Grimaldi Bigras – Lindholm Cannata
Ranford – Girard – St. Amant Siemens – Boikov Martin
Nunn – Bourke – Petryk Gelinas – Young
Storm – Frazee – Shaw
The San Antonio Rampage will celebrate their loyal supporters with Fan Appreciation Night when they host the Texas Stars in the final home game of the season at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14. Fans in attendance at the AT&T Center on Friday could go home with one of hundreds of giveaways from the Rampage and their partners. Friday's game will also be a Bud Light KISS 99.5 $1 Drink Night at the AT&T Center. Fans can purchase $1 domestic beers and sodas throughout the game. All Rampage games can be heard on Ticket 760 and SARampage.com. Individual tickets are available and can be purchased by calling a Rampage representative at 210-444-5554 or online at SARampage.com. The 2016-17 season is presented by Wells Fargo.