The San Antonio Rampage dropped a 5-2 decision to the Texas Stars on Saturday night at Cedar Park Center snapping their seven-game winning streak. The Rampage (15-5-1-0) continue to lead the West Division and Western Conference standings with 31 points.
Mikkel Boedker and Matt Beaudoin each tallied power-play goals while Rampage goaltender Matt Climie made 27 saves on 31 Stars shots.
Just 24 seconds after the initial faceoff, Stars right wing Raymond Sawada scored from the crease beating Climie low glove side to give Texas an early 1-0 advantage.
Texas extended their lead to 2-0 at the 18:21 mark of the opening frame off right wing Sean Backman’s second goal of the season.
Just eight seconds into the Rampage’s first power play opportunity of the game, left wing Mikkel Boedker scored his sixth goal of the season 7:46 into the second period to cut the deficit in half, 2-1. Andrew Ebbett and former Stars defenseman Garrett Stafford added the helpers.
Boedker’s third power-play goal of the season triggered the first of four consecutive man-advantage goals in the second and third periods as the Stars matched the Rampage’s two man-advantage goals on the night.
Stars left wing Francis Wathier punched in the rebound off of a Brad Lukowich shot for his first power-play goal of the season 10:17 into the middle stanza pushing Texas’ lead to 3-1.
The Rampage pulled within one as leading scorer Matt Beaudoin registered his 10th goal of the season at the 11:41 mark of the third period on the power play. Beaudoin backhanded a shot beating Stars netminder Richard Bachman low stick side as Viktor Tikhonov and Bracken Kearns provided the assists.
Texas took a 4-2 lead 18:41 into the final frame off Greg Rallo’s rebound goal over the leg padding of Climie with five seconds remaining on the Stars power play.
Rampage head coach Ray Edwards pulled Climie in favor of a sixth attacker with 36 seconds remaining in the contest, however, the Stars seized the opportunity as Fabian Brunnstrom scored on the empty net finalizing the victory at 5-2 with five seconds remaining in the contest.
The Rampage conclude a three-in-three series tomorrow when they host the Milwaukee Admirals at 3 p.m. at the AT&T Center.