The Texas Stars had one heck of a night in a bad way this evening against Rockford. The club allowed the most goals against in franchise history with eight. It just wasn't the Stars' game as they fell to the IceHogs for the first time in the state of Illinois.
The first period was all Texas. Just two minutes in, a turnover by Kyle Beach was collected by Ondrej Roman behind the net who passed to Vincour in front for the 1-0 lead.
The suddenly hot fourth line collected yet another goal just past the halfway mark of the period. Sean Backman got the puck to an open Luke Gazdic in the high slot where he buried it for the 2-0 lead. Texas ended the period ahead on shots 13-12.
The second period, however, was the IceHogs'. Texas got set on their collective heels as they were outshot 15-7 in the period. They scored on a third of them.
First, a point shot from Lalonde cut the lead in half. Under 90 seconds later, Hagel collected the game-tying goal just hanging out in the crease. Assists on the goal went to former Stars Vishnevskiy and Garnet Exelby.
Texas reared back and opened up another two goal lead in response. With Francis Wathier screening Hannu Toivonen, Dan Spang's point shot found twine to make it 3-2. Two minutes later, Ray Sawada was the benefactor of Colton Sceviour's takeaway as the two broke in to the Rockford zone for the Sawada's 4th of the year.
Rockford then rattled off three goals to close the period. Jeff Taffe scored from the low left wing circle at 14:09 to make it 4-3 Texas. Then, in rapid succession, Ryan Potulny and Kyle Hagel scored for the IceHogs. The goals, which were 22 seconds apart, gave Rockford a 5-4 advantage heading into the second intermission.
Rockford kept rolling in the third period. LeBlanc collected his first of the year at 7:47 and Bollig his 2nd at 8:25 to make it 7-4. With under 3 minutes to go in the game, Dan Spang gave the Stars some life, scoring his second of the night. Texas pulled Beskorowany for the extra attacker, but a quick faceoff win by the IceHogs led to an empty netter for Rockford. Final score was 8-5.
There were a lot of rebounds allowed by Beskorowany that helped to pad the score for Rockford. If the Dallas Stars' leading plus/minus player is minus-1 in the game, then it's just not your game. Texas will re-rack and try again in Grand Rapids on Friday night.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Benn, Stephenson and McCulloch (scratched)
Krahn (day-to-day, lower body)
Bachman, Gagnon, Larsen (call-up)
Tonight's attendance was 2,420.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Rockford - December 8 2010