Texas Stars season comes to an end in 6-3 loss to San Antonio

The Texas Stars played their final game of the 2016-2017 season, and unlike Friday’s game against San Antonio, Saturday’s contest was much close to the usual puck warfare the two clubs are accustomed to.

However, it was San Antonio who ended the night with a 6-3 win.

San Antonio began the game the way they did in the third period of their last game; pressuring hard, and earning the higher quality chances.

Reid Petryk was the first to get on board. Texas turned the tide in their favor with chances but no goals. Darren Dietz took an interference minor to put Texas in the “will they or won’t they?” penalty kill hole.

They didn’t, as Rocoo Grimaldi blasted a puck past Peters near the blueline for his 31st goal of the year.

The second period offered more than just goals. But let’s start with the goal. Matej Stransky made a beautiful possession effort to wind his way behind the crease to end up near the slot.

Whatever was said between Gemel Smith and Spencer Martin, whether a ‘that’s what she said’ joke or something more politically incorrect, resulted in shoving between the Texas forward and the Rampage netminder.

The shoving, as shoving between a forward and a netminder usually does, led to pandemomium. No gloves were dropped, but it set the stage for the animosity that would permeate the rest of the game.

Justin Peters left the crease for the classic goalie staredown.

He was given a penalty as a result, and San Antonio’s Colin Smith capitalized on the ensuing power play with a slapper on an open net.

More pushing and shoving continued, with Deitz being a marked man for whatever reason. Austin Fyten inexplicably escaped getting penalized for cross checking a Rampage forward behind the neck during the fracas.

The final period finally simmered down with the extracurricular activities but the pace remained. Texas and San Antonio have played 10 one goal games.

Like clockwork, Gavin Bayreuther opened up a seam on the power play, dishing across to Remi Elie who slapped the puck past Martin to cut the lead 3-2.

It didn’t take long for Texas to captalize on momentum. Dillon Heatherington chambered one from the blueline on a routine point shot but it got through traffic and beat Martin for the dramatic tying goal in the third.

Unfortunately for Texas, San Antonio grew weary of these one goal games. Colin Smith quickly earned the Rampage the lead after he found himself trailing the play all alone in the slot for the 4-3 lead.

The hits kept coming until the game was 6-3, and with it, the Texas Stars season. Texas’ season was similar to their NHL brethren; special teams, goaltending, and injuries were the constant narratives behind the team’s struggles. However, it was a good season for several key prospects, and the good news for fans of both Texas clubs (Dallas, not San Antonio) is that many of these prospects will only get better.

Texas Stars Line Up

Remi Elie – Jason Dickinson – Denis Gurianov

Nichols Caamano – Gemel Smith – Matej Stransky

Brandon DeFazio – Mark McNeil – Cole Ully

Ethan Werek – Austin Fyten – Reid Sturos

Dillon Heatherington – Nick Ebert

Gavin Bayreuther – Matt Mangene

Ludwig Bystrom – Darren Dietz

Justin Peters

Scratches: Vala, Desrosiers, Karjalainen, Martenet, Morin, Bodnarchuk, Morin, Herbert

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