Phillippe Desrosiers dominated in net and Denis Gurianov provided all the offense the Texas Stars needed as they defeated the San Antonio Rampage 1-0 in San Antonio on Friday night.
The win was the 600th for head coach Derek Laxdal. Before becoming head coach of the Texas Stars (34-36-1-4), Laxdal had recorded wins with the Wichta Thunder (CHL), Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) and Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL). He has 114 with the Stars with one game left in the regular season.
Desrosiers saved all 29 shots he faced to lead the Stars to the win and record his first career shutout.
Rampage goalie Spencer Martin didn’t have a bad game either as he stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced.
Both netminders held the opposition scoreless through the first two periods, despite facing two power plays apiece.
Gurianov finally broke through on a goal over halfway through the final period with the help of Dillon Heatherington and Remi Elie. It was Gurianov’s 12th goal of the season and his second straight game-winner.
San Antonio (26-42-5-2) had a final power play in the third period, but they couldn’t cash in on a tripping penalty.
The Rampage were 0 for 3 on the power play while Texas went 0 for 2.
The Stars managed just four shots in the final period, but it was enough for the win.
Texas closes out its eighth American Hockey League season with a game against San Antonio at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park at 7 p.m. Saturday.