In just 68 seconds in the second period, Ryan Garbutt pushed the Texas Stars past the Houston Aeros with two goals. Hubert Labrie scored his second of the year in the period as well. This is a big two points for the Stars, who start their holiday break on a high note with the W. Tyler Beskorowany finished with 27 saves on 29 shots.
It was Houston striking first in this one with Chad Rau scoring immediately off the faceoff win from Jeff Penner 7:58 into the first. Texas outshot Houston 11-9 in the period. The end of the first had a bit of a scare for Texas as Jordie Benn had to be helped off the ice following a hit from behind by Kyle Medvec. Benn returned and started the second period.
Texas had a monster second period with three goals in the frame to lead after 40. Hubert Labrie collected his second of the year, blasting one past Matt Hackett at the 8:31 mark of the period. Matt Fraser assisted on the play and extended his point streak to eight games with the helper.
A flurry of scoring ended the period. With Texas on the power play, Cody Almond got a breakaway goal as the puck bounced off the Spang's skate at the blue line. The 2-1 lead was shortlived for the Aeros. Ryan Garbutt scored on a beautiful pass from Mike Hedden just under one minute later to tie things at two. Garbutt wasn't done though, scoring another off a rebound from a Colton Sceviour shot 68 seconds later. The forward's fifth and sixth goals on the season put Texas ahead of Houston 3-2 after the second period.
Houston went bombs away in the third period, outshooting Texas 7-1 through the first 15 minutes of the period. The Aeros kept pushing through the third as Hackett left the net for the extra attacker with 75 seconds left. Ultimately, Texas was outshot 9-1 in the period, but emerged victorious. Texas is now off until next Tuesday.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Sawada, Tousignant (scratched)
Sawada, Lukowich (unspecified injury)
Larsen, Vincour, Bachman (callup)
Tonight's attendance was 5,741.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Houston - December 21 2011