Stars Edge Rampage for Weekend Sweep
CEDAR PARK, TX - Nicholas Caamano scored two goals and Nicklas Hansson posted his second consecutive three-point game, as the Texas Stars (30-25-7) skated to a 7-4 victory over the San Antonio Rampage (27-28-6) on Sunday night at the HEB Center at Cedar Park.
With a sweep of the weekend home-and-home set, the Stars extended their lead to seven points over the Rampage for the final playoff spot in the Central Division.
Ryan Olsen scored two goals for the Rampage, giving him five goals in his last eight games.
Caamano opened the scoring at 8:29 of the first period, finishing the rebound of a Dillon Heatherington shot from the left-wing boards for his eighth goal of the season. Olsen would answer with his first of the game at 13:54, taking a pass from Austin Poganski off the rush and beating Texas goaltender Landon Bow from the left wing to tie the game 1-1.
At 15:44, Caamano struck again for the Stars. Caamano broke to the net and redirected a Denis Gurianov feed past Rampage goaltender Jared Coreau for a power play goal to make it 2-1.
Colin Markison extended the Texas lead at 3:06 of the second, finding a loose puck in the right circle after a rush by Robbie Payne and putting it off the crossbar and in for his seventh goal of the season. Erik Condra made it 4-1 with his 18th of the season at 6:34 of the second, a right-circle wrist shot for Texas' second power play goal of the game.
Olsen brought the Rampage back within two goals at 12:47. After Gavin Bayreuther lost the puck at the Rampage blue line, Olsen cruised in on a shorthanded breakaway and slid the puck between Bow's pads for his 12th of the season.
It was San Antonio's fourth shorthanded goal of the season, and the first since Dec. 28.
The Stars restored their three-goal lead at 18:21 of the second, with Colton Hargrove beating Coreau with a one-timer off a face-off play for his second goal in as many games and his tenth of the season.
Ville Husso relieved Coreau between the pipes to start the third period, and 30 seconds in was beat by Joel Hanley's high-slot wrister for Hanley's fourth of the season and a 6-2 Texas lead. Mitch Reinke netted his team-leading seventh power play goal with a right-circle wrist shot at 5:17, his ninth goal of the year.
The Rampage have scored power play goals in eight of their last nine games, going 14-for-41 over that span.
At 12:23 of the third, Hansson joined the rush and beat Husso from the high slot for his sixth of the season and a 7-3 Stars lead. San Antonio would net one more goal against Bow, a breakaway by Tanner Kaspick for his fourth goal of the season with 1:33 left to play.
The Rampage are 4-7-0 this season against Texas. The Stars have scored at least five goals in six of those games.
The Rampage continue their four-game road swing with two games in Des Moines, starting on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Arena against the Iowa Wild. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT, with the game available on The Ticket 760AM and on AHLTV.
RAMPAGE STATS: Goals: Olsen (11,12); Reinke (9); Kaspick (4) Jared Coreau: 24 saves on 29 shots; Ville Husso: 4 saves on 6 shots
Power Play: 1-for-2
Penalty Kill: 1-for-3
THREE STARS: 1) Nicklas Hansson - TEX 2) Nicholas Caamano - TEX 3) Colin Markison - TEX
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Ryan Olsen of the San Antonio Rampage beats Texas Stars goaltender Landon Bow for a shorthanded goal
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