It was a game for the grinders as Coach Pyle shuffled lines and found a nice combo in Tomas Vincour, Ryan Garbutt and Mathieu Tousignant. That line scored two goals in the game and the established Fraser-Sawada-Morin line added a third and fourth, both on the power play off the stick of Matt Fraser. Luke Gazdic added his third goal of the year and Larsen scored on the power play in the dying minutes of the third as Texas emphatically got back to .500 on the season.
The Stars opened the scoring in the first period with Ryan Garbutt's first goal of the year. The rebound tally was assisted by his linemates, Vincour and Tousignant, at the 5:43 mark of the game.
Texas continued their difficulties on the penalty kill this season in the period, allowing Rockford's first goal just four seconds into a minor to Travis Morin for tripping. Shawn Lalonde notched his first of the year at 17:55 with assists from Kyle Beach and Brandon Pirri right off the faceoff.
Tomas Vincour's line got after it again 31 seconds later, however, scoring their second of the night. Mathieu Tousignant notched his first of the year with assists from Vincour and Garbutt to answer the power play tally from Rockford. The period ended with shots to Texas's advantage at 11-10.
The Stars killed two penalties in the middle frame and earned two of their own, scoring on the second. Once again, it was Matt Fraser from the right wing circle beating Alec Richards. Linemates Travis Morin and Ray Sawada assisted on the goal that set the score at 3-1. Texas would go to the room with Rockford leading the shots at 26-13. The Stars only managed three shots in the period and scored on one of them.
Rockford was getting similarly outshot in the third period, 12-5, when Ben Smith camped out in the crease and redirected a Kyle Beach shot past Tyler Beskorowany to set the game at 3-2. Texas got back on the power play again and it was the starting line getting another PPG for Coach Pyle's club. Matt Fraser scored his second of the night and team-leading 6th goal overall to put the Stars back at a two goal lead.
In the dying minutes of the third period, Luke Gazdic notched his third of the year with a quick reaction play to steal the puck from an IceHog and score an unassisted tally to make it 5-2. The Stars finished the game on the power play, scoring one more for good measure off the stick of Philip Larsen on a nice tic-tac-toe play to finish things up at 6-2.
The Morin-Sawada-Fraser line had seven points in the game. The line of Tousignant-Garbutt-Vincour had six to their name. The Stars will be back in action at Peoria on Thursday.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Coyle, Hedden, Schultz (scratched)
Texas lost Maxime Fortunus early in the game on a hit by Philippe Paradis. He did not return in the game. Travis Morin left the game in the second period, the reason for which was unclear, but he did return to the contest before the end of the period.
Eric Godard had his first fight of the year this evening against Brandon Bollig. Bollig couldn't get a punch in edgewise as the Stars forward leveled Bollig with devastating blows. Bollig went to the box with a cut above his eye.
Tonight's attendance was 6,073.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Rockford - October 25 2011