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Texas Stars end losing streak with win over Rampage

Nick Ebert scored with less than three minutes left to play to lift the Texas Stars to a 2-1 win over the San Antonio Rampage at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night.

The win ends a five-game losing streak and is the Stars’ first since Jan. 20.

Justin Peters earned his first win in his second start with the Stars (21-20-1-2) as he stopped 22 out of 23 shots by the Rampage (21-22-4-0). Peters helped his cause by making a save on a breakaway opportunity by Joe Whitney in the first period.

Jeremy Smith was hit with the loss as he saved 26 of 28 shots.

Ethan Werek gave the Stars the lead late in the first period. He scored with assists from Mike McMurtry and Ebert.

The first period was highlighted by big hits and a fight between Justin Hache, making his debut with the Stars, and Mason Geertson.

Neither team scored until nearly an entire period later when Felix Girard tied the game with less than four minutes left to play in the second frame.

Both teams racked up penalty minutes but neither was able to cash in on power play opportunities. Texas went 0 for 8 while the Rampage didn’t score on any of their six power play chances.

Ebert’s game winner was assisted by Gemel Smith and Werek.

The Rampage had an extra attacker for nearly two minutes at the end of the game when they pulled Smith, but they couldn’t score.

Texas next faces Tucson on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.

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