Vincour Tallies Two Goals, Stars Earn a Point in Franchise Record 12-Round Shootout
CEDAR PARK, TX – Tomas Vincour scored two goals and had a shootout goal for Texas, but Greg Rallo also notched two for San Antonio as the Rampage outlasted the Stars 5-4 in a marathon 12-round shootout Friday night at Cedar Park Center.
Texas’ Tomas Vincour kicked off the scoring at 16:47 with a power play goal. William Wrenn found Vincour on the left point and his one-timer beat San Antonio goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris, rattling off the post and the crossbar before dropping over the goal line. The Rampage quickly responded, making the most of an Austin Fyten hooking penalty at 18:13. Greg Rallo skated through the high slot and ripped a wrist shot untouched through traffic and over Stars netminder Cristopher Nilstorp’s shoulder to even the score 1-1. Both squads were 1-for-2 with the man advantage during the opening frame.
The end-to-end action intensified in the second period. Moments after ringing a shot off the post, Zach Miskovic put San Antonio in front 2-1 at 2:13. Miskovic cleaned up a loose puck in the slot with a blistering one-timer that blew past Nilstorp’s left pad and into the mesh. Colton Sceviour answered with an equalizer at 9:16, his 15th goal of the season, which leads all players on Texas’ active roster. Sceviour won a battle for a Tyler Sloan rebound at the top of the crease and pushed a backhander just under the sprawling stick of Grumet-Morris. Nilstorp was stellar between the pipes throughout the session, denying a wide-open Quinton Howden breakaway opportunity to hold the score at 2-2. The Stars ramped up the pace in the middle frame, unloading 19 shots and limiting the Rampage to only five.
Texas began the third period with a five-on-three advantage and Vincour immediately converted just 19 seconds into the session with his second tally of the night. Travis Morin and Sceviour cycled the puck to Vincour in the left high slot and his wrister whistled by Grumet-Morris to give the Stars a 3-2 edge. Jed Ortmeyer tied the contest once again at 4:25 when his wrist shot from the mid-attacking zone slipped through the legs of Nilstorp. Maxime Fortunus, in his first game back from injury, finally broke through with a power play goal at 15:06 after a strong first two periods. Mike Hedden hit Fortunus with the puck at the top of the slot and the Texas captain blasted a one-timer through a seam and into the net to put the hosts ahead 4-3. The Stars went on the power play again less than a minute later, but this time San Antonio cashed in with a shorthanded goal. Rallo evened things up for a fourth time during a two-on-one breakaway, beating Nilstorp’s glove with a wrister at 16:19 to notch his second goal of the night. Texas outshot the visitors 13-7 in the third period, but with no further scoring the game headed into overtime with the teams knotted at four.
Cristopher Nilstorp made a few game saving stops during the four-on-four extra session, but neither team could end the game with a goal. Another marathon shootout for the Stars began with Evan Barlow and Vincour as the only two to score for either side in the first ten rounds. After Eric Selleck and Bretton Cameron were both successful in the eleventh round, Jed Ortmeyer potted the eventual game-winner in round 12. Doug Jones had his attempt poked away by Grumet-Morris and the Rampage escaped with 5-4 shootout victory.
San Antonio starter Dov Grumet-Morris stopped 36-of-40 Stars shots in regulation and overtime and 10-of-12 in the shootout to take home the win. Texas starter Cristopher Nilstorp turned away 20-of-24 Rampage shots in regulation and overtime and denied 9-of-12 shootout attempts in the loss. The Stars outshot San Antonio 40-25 and went 3-for-6 on the power play; the Rampage were 1-for-4 with the man advantage.