The Texas Stars went into their home building, the Cedar Park Center, to win against the San Antonio Rampage. They did so by defeating the Rampage 2-0 with a big performance from Cristopher Nihlstorp, who got his 3rd shutout of the season. They got goals from Reilly Smith and Alex Chiasson. The Stars won the puck battles on both ends. They had a great penalty kill and killed off a huge 5 on 3 power play advantage for the Rampage in the third period.
In the first period, the Texas Stars struck first with a Smith backhand, top shelf goal on Rampage goalie Jacob Markstrom for his 8th goal of the season. Then after the first goal was scored, Nihlstorp, who started his 19th game, made a beauty of a save to keep the Stars lead at one goal. Then Tomas Vincour shot the puck as it ringed off the post as he tried to help his team go up 2-0.
In the 2nd period, Markstrom saved back to back shots as the Stars tried to extend their lead. Cody Eakins had a chance but Markstrom was too fast for him. Eakins is having an impressive season with the Texas Stars with 18 points (8 goals, 10 assists) in 26 games. Then his teammate, Colton Sceviour had a great chance at a loose puck in front of the net but couldn’t put it under Markstrom. The Stars held the Rampage without a shot for the first nine minutes of the 2nd period.
In the 3rd period, Chiasson gave the Stars a 2-0 lead as he put it home after a nice steal and a beautiful pass from Reilly Smith, who already scored in the first period. Sceviour had a chance on Markstrom to make it 3-0 but Markstrom, once again was too fast with the pads. Vincour and Petersen had a chance as they pass it from one to the other but it went wide. Then Jamie Oleksiak, who was playing in his first pro game, got into his first pro fight with Alex Petrovic. Oleksiak had a hard hit on San Antonio’s Jon Rheault that caused Petrovic to drop gloves. Nihlstorp came up big in the last minute of the third period as he saved back to back stops on the Rampage.
Their next game is on the 21st as they face the Oklahoma Barons at the Cox Convention Center for a 7:00 pm start
Cristopher Nihlstorp stopped 27 out 27 shots he faced while Jacob Markstrom stopped 21 out of the 23 shots he faced.
Both the Texas Stars and San Antonio Rampage were 0 for 3 on the power play.