After a strong game on Tuesday against the league-leading OKC Barons, Texas had a rough game against the Houston Aeros tonight. Really, the game can be honed down to the first 5 minutes of the second period. Texas actually outshot Houston in the second 17-7 but was outscored 2-1 thanks to those first five minutes. The Stars now return home to play the Rochester Americans in Cedar Park.
The recently reliable Texas PK let them down early as Houston opened the scoring on the power play with Chay Genoway getting his second of the year. His goal, assisted by Ortmeyer and Foucault, was the only scoring of the first period for either team. Shots were in Houston's favor 14-10.
The opening minutes of the second period were where things fell apart for the Stars. Just 89 seconds in, Matt Kassian notched his second of the year and second in as many games. The tally was assisted by Taffe and Bagnall, who have both spent some time in Minnesota this season. Three minutes later, Fontaine generated an impressive tally, passing through three Stars to find Joel Broda who banged it home to make it 3-0.
Texas got their first power play of the night just under halfway through the second. Matt Fraser got the PP unit off the schnide with his 13th of the year, Texas's first PPG since December 3rd in Charlotte. The period would end with the 3-1 score in tact for the Aeros. Texas outshot the Aeros 17-7 in the period but couldn't beat Matt Hackett more than once.
Texas is winless on the season when trailing after forty minutes. Tonight's game would be no exception. Houston added a fourth goal from Chad Rau on a patient play by the Aeros forward.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Lukowich, Glennie, Hauswirth (scratched)
Larsen, Vincour, Bachman (callup)
Tonight's attendance was 10,240.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Houston - December 16 2011