Saturday, February 19, 2011

Stars Manhandle Chicago Again 3-2

Every year, there's a team that just dominates you. For Chicago, it's Texas. With tonight's win, the Stars are now 5-0 against the Wolves on the season. The win took Texas to .500 on the road trip and sets the on the right foot going into tomorrow's game against the high-flying Admirals, currently ranked #1 in the West.

Tonight's win also puts Texas in 4th place themselves. After the Lake Erie games, where Texas sat in 6th place, it is a nice reward for the team to see themselves actually moving up the standings board when they win.

The Stars also found their special teams play a little bit more tonight. They held Chicago to only one power play goal, scored one themselves and even put in a shorthanded goal in the 3rd to tie the game. The game featured 81 penalty minutes included a misconduct to the Chicago coach and a game misconduct to Andre Deveaux for butt-ending Mathieu Tousignant. It was Deveaux's second game misconduct at the end of the game in as many games.

In addition to all that, Richard Bachman stopped 42 of 44 shots against him on the night. Texas put far less rubber on Peter Mannino with 27 shots coming his way in the game. Bachman was named the second star of the game for the second straight night.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars (31-19-3-3, 68 points) defeated the Chicago Wolves (29-24-2-4, 64 points) 3-2 on Saturday night in front of 10,721 fans at Allstate Arena. Stars left wing Francis Wathier scored his second goal of the night, a power-play goal with 5:14 remaining in regulation to lift Texas over Chicago. Right wing Colton Sceviour tallied a short-handed goal to even it up 2-2 early in the third period. Texas goalie Richard Bachman (21-12-3) made 41 saves to help the Stars improve to 15-11-0-1 on the road this season. Wolves’ goalie Peter Mannino (14-14-3) stopped 23 shots for the loss. Texas will play in Milwaukee on Sunday, February 20th at 5:00 PM (CT).

Left wing Francis Wathier put Texas up 1-0 just 36 seconds into the first period. Stars defenseman Brad Lukowich set up Wathier’s 14th goal of the season. The Wolves responded at 4:24, as Captain Jason Krog tallied his 13th goal of the year to tie the game 1-1. Right wing Darren Haydar and center Jared Ross each supplied an assist on the goal.

Chicago defenseman Paul Postma notched a power-play goal with 1:06 remaining in the second period. Haydar and Ross each had an assist, giving the Wolves their first lead of the night at 2-1 through 40 minutes of play.

Stars right wing Colton Sceviour tallied a short-handed goal 1:32 into the final frame. The goal went unassisted as Sceviour scored off a rebound of his own shot, tying the game 2-2. Wathier scored his second goal on the night, supplying a power-play goal at 14:46. Defenseman Maxime Fortunus and forward Greg Rallo each assisted on the play to give the Stars a 3-2 win in Chicago.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Mouillierat, Beskorowany (scratched)
Larsen, Morin, McCulloch (lower body)
Gagnon, Sawada, Vincour, Ludwig (callup)

Tonight's attendance was 10,721.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Chicago - February 19 2011

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