(Photo credit: Tim Lauzon/Texas Stars).
The home crowd at the Cedar Park Center has been more than anxious for a regulation win during the regular season. Last night, the Texas Stars delivered with a punch, winning 3-0 over the San Antonio Rampage. Three minutes into the first period, the crowd was pulled into the game by a dazzling display of punches courtesy of Luke Gazdic against Eric Selleck. The energy from the fight promised an exciting game.
Matt Fraser, who admittedly had a slow start to the season, had two goals on the board. Scott Glennie nabbed his first goal of the year to add to the score. You cannot help but wonder if this sudden spark was due to the recent ECHL callups. Jack Campbell was a scratch last night and Josh Robinson sat on the bench as a backup. He was not needed, however, as Nihlstorp got his first AHL shutout.
Prior to last night, the Texas Stars were last in the league on their penalty kill. Something must have drastically changed with the strategy as they were spot on with every penalty kill that occurred, with 12 penalty minutes total from the Stars.
Hopefully last night was an indication that things have improved. The beginning of this season was too reminiscent of last year's problems. Coach Willie has no problem of shaking things up in order to get some wins.