Rampage forward Mark Cullen scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the San Antonio Rampage beat the Texas Stars 3-2 on Saturday afternoon in their second exhibition game at Northwoods Ice Center.
After a scoreless first period, the Stars posted the game’s first goal at 9:28 of the second frame. While on a power play, Texas defenseman Jace Coyle one-timed a pass from center Chad Klassen just inside the blueline that found its way past Rampage goalie Tyler Plante and gave the Stars a 1-0 lead. Andrew Randazzo also received a secondary assist on the goal.
Garrett Wilson tied the game 1-1 just over two minutes later. At the 11:34 mark, Wilson took a pass from Thomas in tight to Billy Sauer’s left and beat the Stars backstop over his right shoulder for his first goal of the preseason.
Just before the second period ended, Patrick Galivan regained the lead for Texas with another Stars power play goal. Galivan, stationed to Plante’s right, received a back door pass from Klassen and swept the puck by Plante into the open net for a 2-1 Stars lead heading into the third.
San Antonio needed a goal late in the third to force overtime and got one from David Marshall at 19:16. With Rampage goalie Andrew Volkening pulled for an extra attacker, Marshall deflected Rallo’s shot from the top of the left circle and beat Sauer over his glove to knot the score 2-2. Strachan picked up an assist on the play.
Cullen took a pass from linemate Bill Thomas at the top of the crease and beat Sauer high and inside the right post 2:44 into the extra session to give the Rampage the victory. Tyler Strachan tallied his second assist of the night on the play.
Plante stopped 16 of the 18 shots he faced in the first two periods before giving way to Volkening. Volkening did not face any Stars shots in the third as the Rampage outshot the Stars 25-0. Sauer recorded 43 saves on 46 Rampage shots.
The Rampage open their 10th anniversary season against the Chicago Wolves on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center.