Stars Grind out a Point in 2-1 Shootout Loss
CEDAR PARK, Texas - Rocco Grimaldi tied things up in the dying minutes of the third, and Brendan Ranford added the finishing touch against his former team with the shootout-winner, as the San Antonio Rampage topped the Texas Stars on Monday night in front of 4,786 at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park by a 2-1 final.
Justin Peters 26-save performance kept Texas (27-29-1-3) in the lead until 3:57 remained in the game when Grimaldi struck on a power-play goal to force overtime. Ranford was the only goal-scorer in the shootout to lock up the win after being traded from the Stars back in mid-February.
Texas hits the road for a three-game road trip beginning Wednesday against the Chicago Wolves at 7 p.m. CST.
After a scoreless first period, Mark McNeill put Texas on the board with a power-play goal at 10:22 of the second by deflecting Julius Honka's point shot for his eighth of the season and his second in a Stars sweater.
The Stars would cling to their one-goal lead until a holding penalty against Andrew Bodnarchuk put the Rampage (23-32-4-1) on the power play, and Grimaldi snapped his 25th of the season past Peters from the left circle to knot the score.
Spencer Martin stopped all three Texas shooters he faced in the shootout and finished with 19 saves in his first win since Jan. 6.
Texas went 1-for-4 on the power play. San Antonio was 1-for-6.
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1. Brendan Ranford (SA) 2. Justin Peters (TEX) 3. Mark McNeill (TEX)
Postgame Quotes: Goaltender Justin Peters On his performance tonight... "I was fighting hard out there tonight. It's unfortunate giving up a goal late, especially on the penalty kill...bad timing. When it comes to the shootout, you never know what's going to happen. Unfortunately, we didn't come out on the right end."
On the only goal he allowed tonight... "They had three guys up top, and one guy in net-front. I think he [Grimaldi] just made a good shot and put it blocker-side. I wanted to have it, but I didn't, and we lost."
On how he approaches the shootout... "I just try and be calm, breathe, relax, keep my eyes on the puck and be patient. Just try to track the puck, stay with him, and battle."
On the team's upcoming road trip... "It's going to be a tough road trip. Chicago and [Cleveland] are both two pretty good teams. The defending champs are [Cleveland], so it will be a good test for us."
Head Coach Derek Laxdal On the team's upcoming road trip... "We're going into some tough places. Chicago is firing on all cylinders. Then, we've got to go into Cleveland, and they've got a pretty good team. They're battling Iowa and Charlotte for that playoff spot. There's no easy games in this league, so our guys [have] got to find a way and change the way we play a little bit. I thought we played a little bit high risk, high reward. I didn't like our back-end game tonight. I didn't like our forwards' game tonight. We let a good goaltending performance go way-side, and we didn't take advantage of it. It's not sad, but it's part of the game. It's a long year, and guys are getting tired right now. Every team plays a lot. Some teams play 68, we play 76 games. We've just got to pick ourselves up and get ready for Wednesday."
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