In his first start since December 14th, rookie Tyler Beskorowany notched his first AHL shutout in a 25 save performance. Texas stretched their current point streak to 7 games and are now just one point behind the San Antonio Rampage for 1st place in the West Division.
The Stars got out a quick start in the second game of the back-to-back. Just 57 seconds in, Brad Lukowich found Travis Morin on an outlet pass. Morin took a shot and Fabian Brunnstrom collected the rebound for his third goal in as many games.
Tyler Beskorowany was shelled in the first period, stopping all 14 Heat shots. Texas, meanwhile, managed 5 in the period but still collected two goals. The Stars second goal of the night came on only their 4th shot with Ray Sawada deflecting a shot from Philip Larsen for a power play goal just before the 12 minute mark of the period. Travis Morin collected the second assist on the tally.
Beskorowany got a chance to sit back in the second as Texas outshot Abbotsford 14-4 in the middle frame. Unlike the first period however, the Stars could not pierce the Heat goaltender, Leland Irving, in the period. Despite three power play, Texas came out of the second period with their same 2-0 lead as the first intermission.
It turns out that would be all they needed. Mathieu Tousignant added an empty net tally with seven seconds to go.
Fortunately and unfortunately, Texas is now idle until Friday's match against the San Antonio Rampage, which will be one of those "four point games", if you will. The Rampage have quite a few games this week (Sat, Sun, and Wed) and are already banged up (Beaudoin) and called up (MacLean, Ekman-Larsson). Of course, those games also give the Rampage, as well as the Rivermen and Admirals, a chance to catch up with Texas.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Blindenbacher, Stephenson (unspecified injury)
McCulloch (upper body)
Krahn (lower body)
Tonight's attendance was 3,261.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Abbotsford - December 31 2010