After two weeks away, the Stars returned to the Cedar Park Center with authority, flexing their muscle to a 3-0 win over the #2 team in the conference. Tyler Beskorowany collected 29 saves in the shutout performance and Texas got scoring from three different lines, including a shorty. "Everybody's clicking from grinders to goal scorers," said Beskorowany. "We had guys blocking shots and clearing out well. We did everything well tonight."
The Stars spent the first shift of the game hemmed in their own zone, but then occupied the Checkers' zone for the next four minutes, setting the early game pace. Brenden Dillon got in an early fight after a hit to Dan Spang. "Great team game," said Coach Pyle. "We stuck up for each other."
Texas opened the scoring on the penalty kill, their second shorthanded goal in as many games. Francis Wathier deftly put the puck on the stick of a breaking Colton Sceviour for Colton's second of the year. Brad Lukowich collected the second assist. The Stars would take that lead to the first intermission.
Just under six minutes into the second, Matt Fraser scored for the second straight game, his eleventh on the season. Wathier again assisted the play, and Dan Spang picked up the second. Texas was up 2-0 and needed to protect that lead. A little bit more insurance came from an unexpected source in the form of Hubert Labrie's first professional goal. Labrie blasted one past Peters for the Stars' third of night at the 7:39 mark. Hedden and Morin assisted the tally.
From there on out, it was the Tyler Beskorowany show. Charlotte was held off the scoresheet in large part due to his spectacular night. His best save was in the third period. Already flat on the ice from his first save, Beskorowany reached up with his glove hand to snag the rebound shot out of the air and prevent it from hitting the yawning net. "My parents always told me you've got to be good to be lucky," said Beskorowany. Tonight, he was both.
Texas now plays another top team, the Oklahoma City Barons, who are #1 in the league. The last two games between these teams had a combined goal scoring total of 19. Texas came out on top first 7-0, then OKC 10-1. It's going to be a grudge match for sure.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Larsen, Vincour, Bachman (callup)
Tonight's attendance was 5,601.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Charlotte - December 9 2011