The Rampage conclude the 2018-19 season with a home-and-home series against the Texas Stars on Friday and Saturday. The Stars will need to tally three points this weekend for a chance at securing the final playoff spot in the Central Division.
The Rampage defeated the Stars 5-3 on Wednesday to pick up their 30th win of the season. San Antonio was outshot 34 to 20 and trailed 3-1 in the second period. They rallied to score three goals in the third period and goalie Jared Coreau stopped 31 shots. Rookie Robby Jackson scored the game-winning goal in his first professional game and eight different Rampage players posted at least one point.
There were many memorable moments during the season for the Rampage. Jordan Kyrou tallied points in twelve straight games and earned Rookie of the Month for December. Mitch Reinke set the franchise record for most assists by a rookie defenseman, breaking Keith Yandle’s record of 33 points. Goalie Jordan Binnington propelled the St. Louis Blues to a playoff berth and finished the season with a 24-5-1 record and a 1.89 goals-against average.
San Antonio will finish the season with the fewest points in the league when playing on the road. They are currently 7-26-4 away from the AT&T Center with 18 points. They are 1-9-0 in their previous ten games on the road and have one away game remaining on Saturday in Cedar Park against the Stars.
With the win last night, the Rampage closed the gap on the season series with the Stars. Texas leads the series 7-4-1 with two games remaining against the Rampage. The Rampage won in Cedar Park last night for the first time since November 24.
The Stars led 3-1 early in the second period last night before surrendering four straight goals to the Rampage. Goalie Jake Oettinger allowed four goals on 19 shots and lost his first game in regulation since his first professional start on March 30. Forward Adam Mascherin tallied an assist and has points in four of his last five games. The rookie has 44 points in 73 games played and has points in each of the last three games against the Rampage.
With the loss, the Stars are three points out of the final playoff spot with two games remaining. They will need to either win both games or win and record an overtime loss to possibly clinch a playoff berth. They trail the Iowa Wild and Manitoba Moose, and Manitoba has a game in hand over the Wild and Stars. Manitoba will face the Grand Rapids Griffins and Chicago Wolves twice to finish the season, both of which are top teams in the Central Division.
Rampage to Watch
Joey LaLeggia scored two goals and tallied an assist against the Stars on Wednesday. He now leads the team with 46 points and is riding a career-best, eight-game point streak. He has points in each of the last three games against the Stars.
Star to Watch
Rookie Rhett Gardner has three points in his last six games since his first professional game on March 20. With the goal on Wednesday, he secured back-to-back games with points for the first time in his professional career. Gardner tallied his first multi-point game against the Wild on March 29.
- The Rampage scored 5 goals against the Stars on Wednesday, the most in a game since March 3rd.
- Stars goalie Jake Oettinger allowed four goals on Wednesday, marking the most he has allowed in his four games in the AHL.
- Stars forward Joel L’Esperance is second among rookies with 30 goals.
- The Stars have the second-best power play on the road at 23.4 percent.
- San Antonio is 5th in the league with an 84.7 percent penalty kill at home.
- The Rampage play the Stars 14 times this season which is the most against any opponent.