The Stars and Aeros skated to a scoreless first period. Landon Wilson took a slapshot to the skate in the period but returned to the ice quickly. The period ended with Matt Kassian hitting Cody Chupp up high and knocking him to the ice. Chupp tried to regain his feet and fell back down again. Gazdic took on Kassian to gain the five minute major. Chupp did not return to the game.
Houston broke the scoreless tie at 9:08 of the first when the puck came off Tyler Ludwig's stick and eventually ended up behind Bachman off the stick of Hilbert. Houston Aeros blog Third Intermission notes that Hilbert was sitting on top of Bachman when the goal was scored. Texas allowed 24 shots in the second period and the Stars were very lucky to make it out of the period with only one goal against.
Warren Peters scored his 20th of the year on the power play. Peters shot beat Khudobin over the shoulder. Garrett Stafford and Richard Bachman got the assists on the goal. Just 103 seconds later, Ray Sawada was the beneficiary of a Houston turnover and scored his 8th of the year glove-side high with assists from Hutchinson and Warren Peters.
From that point forward, the game was Houston's, however. Nathan Smith redirected a shot from Justin Falk. for a 2-2 tie. Houston went up for good just 2 minutes later when Fraser's shot was redirected by Carson McMillan. It was the 42nd shot of the night. Houston finished it up with an empty net goal from Danny Irmen.
Texas has a tendency to get outshot but tonight was ridiculous. Bachman had to face a team record 24 shots in the 2nd period and overall 43 shots in the game.
I don't think that this is the Texas Stars team we will see next Friday against Rockford. Many of the "big" names were back in Austin resting up for the first round. Don't get worried. We'll get worried if this is the same team we see next week.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
McCulloch, Lindgren, Beaudoin, Rallo (injured)
Jancevski, Gagnon, Neal, Shelast, Krahn (scratched)
Tonight's attendance was 8,508.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Houston - April 10 2010