After winning in dominate fashion on Sunday, the Stars met an old friend, the Houston Aeros, with not so favorable results on Friday night in Cedar Park. An good effort by Texas was spoiled by a few defensive missteps that Houston managed to capitalize on. "You've got to make sure you take care of the puck against a team like that," said Coach Pyle. "Because when they get opportunities, they're going to score."
Texas laid claim to the first tally of the night with Brenden Dillon's first professional goal. Ray Sawada made a nifty play behind the net to get the puck out to Dillon, who buried it for the 1-0 lead. Texas center Travis Morin collected the second assist on the play, claiming the Texas Stars all-time lead for points scored. "I came here a couple of years ago not knowing what to expect," said Morin. "Obviously, it's been great for me. All those dreams and aspirations have come true."
Houston got it back just as quickly with a great individual effort from David McIntyre, beating Bachman for the first time this season to make it 1-1 to end the first.
The Aeros took the lead in the second with an unassisted goal from former Star Warren Peters. Texas defenseman Dan Spang whiffed on a D-to-D pass to partner Jordie Benn. Peters, already hard on the forecheck, broke in unabated and scored.
Ray Sawada got his second point of the night with a goal shortly thereafter working garbage collection in front of the net on the power play. The goal would be the last of the night for Texas, however. Morin and Spang collected assists on the tally.
Casey Wellman provided the game winner as Texas was caught not paying attention in their own zone, concerned for the health of Luke Gazdic, who was down after an uncalled knee on knee hit. Wellman found the puck backdoor for the 3rd and game winning goal. David McIntyre would add a fourth, his second of the night, and Ortmeyer would seal the deal with an empty netter.
While the power play is clicking along at 6/15 on the young season, Coach Pyle felt that things needed to improve more still after two long 5-on-3s went by without a goal. "We could have taken more control [with the power play] and were undisciplined at times," said Pyle. "And that's my fault. I'm the guy that needs to make sure the guys understand the discipline part of it."
The Stars need to make sure they are discplined tomorrow in OKC as Texas will be tired from an overnight bus ride and game the night before and will be in no shape for extended PK time.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Larsen, Hedden, Schultz, Labrie (scratched)
Tonight's attendance was 5,361.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Houston - October 14 2011