The Texas Stars rallied in the third period, but the San Antonio Rampage were able to eventually come away with a 6-3 win at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night.
The loss caps the end to a season in which Texas finished 34-37-1-4. They took nine of the 14 matchups they had against the Rampage (27-42-5-2).
Colin Smith had a hat trick for the Rampage, including two goals in the final period. He also had an assist in the first period.
Former Star Brendan Ranford had four assists in the game.
The Rampage scored less than three minutes into the game when Reid Petryk put the puck in the net for a 1-0 lead.
Rocco Grimaldi then cashed in on a power play to make it 2-0.
Matej Stransky scored his 27th goal of the season, a career high, to cut the lead in half early in the second period, but Smith answered with his first goal just over a minute later.
The Stars attempt at a comeback commenced at 5:12 into the final period when Remi Elie scored his ninth goal of the season.
Dillon Heatherington tied the game just 26 seconds later, but the Rampage would own the last half of the period.
Smith scored the game-winner with less than nine minutes left to play.
Felix Girard added another goal a little over three minutes later and Smith scored on an empty net with less than three minutes left to play.
Martin earned the win, stopping 28 of 31 shots while Justin Peters was hit with the loss as he made 17 saves on 22 attempts.
Rick McLaughlin, Texas Stars president, was honored during the second intermission as he’s set to retire. He spent eight years with the Stars and his retirement ends 35 years in professional sports. He’s spent time with the Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers.