Texas Stars open road trip with win

The Texas Stars opened a stretch of six straight games on the road with a 5-3 victory over the San Antonio Rampage Sunday at AT&T Center.

Colton Sceviour’s goal with 5:38 remaining snapped a 3-3 tie and gave the Stars the lead for good. The victory brought the Stars (7-7-1-1) back to the .500 mark for the season.

Travis Morin, Matt Fraser, Brenden Dillon and Scott Glennie also scored for the Stars, who have won four of their last six games (4-1-1-0).

Cristopher Nilstorp got the start in goal for Texas, played the first two periods but did not come out for the third period and was not on the bench.

“We think he might have had food poisoning,” said Texas coach Willie Desjardins. “He was throwing up at the end of the second, but he didn’t have any fever or anything. We think it is food poisoning, so he should be better we’re hoping.”

Jack Campbell, who hadn’t played since November 10, took over in the third period and stopped 13 of 14 shots to get his third victory of the season.

San Antonio saw its winless streak hit eight games (0-6-0-2).

The Rampage opened the scoring in the game with a strange goal at 8:37 of the first. A Jon Rheault shot hit the crossbar, bounced up in the air and then went into the net off the back of Nilstorp.

The Stars answered at the 15:46 mark when Jamie Oleksiak set up Morin, who broke in all alone on net and scored on a backhand shot to tie the game at 1-1.

Texas had nine of the first ten shots in the second period, but San Antonio scored on its second shot of the period to take a 2-1 lead. Rheault backhanded a puck out of the corner to Drew Shore, who beat Nilstorp with a quick shot from the right circle.

The Stars bounced back, scoring two goals 27 seconds apart to take a 3-2 lead. The first one came on the power play. Francis Wathier set up Fraser, who scored on a blast from the right circle at the 13:02 mark.

Wathier set up the next goal, sending a cross-ice pass to Dillon, who scored from the right circle off the rush at the 13:29 mark to give the Stars their first lead of the night.

With Campbell taking over in net in the third period, the Stars held their 3-2 lead until Shore scored his second of the night off a scramble in front of the net with 6:24 left in the game.

But the Stars answered 46 seconds later when Fraser centered a puck from the left corner and Sceviour deflected the puck by Rampage goalie Dov Grumet-Morris.

Glennie sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 37.3 seconds left to seal the victory.

The final 30 seconds were eventful with Wathier and Antoine Roussel picking up fighting majors for the Stars.


*Cristopher Nilstorp started his sixth straight game in goal for Texas.

*Matt Fraser and Travis Morin both had one goal and one assist in the game.

*Fraser’s goal was his sixth of the season, tying him for the team lead with Cody Eakin.

*Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak picked up his sixth assist of the season. He now has seven points this season and leads all Texas defensemen in points and assists.

*Defenseman Patrik Nemeth picked up his first AHL assist in the game.

*The Stars were 2-2 on the penalty kill. They are now 33-36 (91.7 percent) on the PK over the last seven games.

*The Stars were 1-4 on the power play Sunday and have scored on the PP in five of the last seven games. They are 6-34 (17.6 percent) on the power play during that stretch.

Texas lineup

R. Smith-Eakin-Glennie


Nilstorp (starter)
Campbell (backup)

Scratches: Sloan, Labrie, Vause, Hedden

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