Peoria, it turns out, can win it anyway they please. After Texas's high scoring game against the Rivermen last Sunday, the Stars surely expected offensive fireworks once again from Peoria. However, Peoria locked it down and the defense earn them their second straight shutout, seventh straight win and fifth straight road win.
Texas got victimized early and late in the game with goals being scored three and half minutes into the game and with the same time left in the game. Peoria's first goal by Drazenovic was a tip that beat Krahn.
The Stars had a lot of quality chances and actually outshot the Rivermen on the night 36-19, but couldn't come up with a tally. The closest Texas came was a power play goal in the second period that was waved off due to a "kicking motion". Francis Wathier was originally credited with the goal, which was called as a goal on the ice. Further review reveal that there was a "kicking motion" by Wathier and the goal was called off. The referee's never said conclusively that the puck was kicked in, according to Coach Gulutzan, who shared words with the referees at the end of the second and beginning of the third. The call was that there was a kicking motion, but there was no definitive video that showed the puck ended up in the net as a result of the kick. "No one can conclusive say it was kicked," said Gulutzan. "No one can conclusively say it was hit with the stick. [Only] Francis Wathier can tell you."
Peoria added another in the third period off the stick of Phil McRae. Texas would get a power play at the end of the game on a Dave Scatchard boarding penalty, but couldn't make anything of the 6-on-4 advantage they gained by pulling Brent Krahn.
Coach Gulutzan felt that the team showed "good energy" and really had all that they needed to win the game. "Our power play has to be better," added Gulutzan. "I think that's the difference in the game." Texas was 0 for 5 on the power play on the night. Texas will try again on Tuesday, as Peoria will stay in town for another in their long Texas road trip.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Benn, Blindenbacher, McCulloch, Backman (scratched)
Sawada (undisclosed injury)
Tonight's attendance was 4,438.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Peoria - October 23 2010