For the first time since November 11th, the Stars are above .500 thanks to some fantastic work from Scott Glennie, Colton Sceviour and Francis Wathier. Glennie potted two goals, including the game winner, and added an assist while Sceviour assisted three times, including the primary on the game winner. Wathier picked up the Gordie Howe hat trick with a goal, an assist, and a fight. This was a big win for Texas in all kinds of ways. It was a comeback win that showed this team has the character to stay in games no matter the deficit.
The game started off with a bang as an unexpected shot from the right wing circle by Willie Coetzee beat Raycroft clean for a 1-0 Griffins lead. The goal was scored on the first shot of the night for either team.
Greg Amadio ran Colton Sceviour just five minutes into the period, earning himself a five minute major and a game misconduct for interference. Texas cashed in on the ensuing power play twice but not without giving up a shorty. Ryan Garbutt tipped a Maxime Fortunus shot to tie things at one.
Two minutes later a two-on-one breakaway from Andersson and Gustav Nyquist led to a shorthanded goal for the Griffins with Andersson finishing it off to make it 2-1. Only thirteen seconds later, it was Texas getting the tying goal on the power play. Scott Glennie finished off a nice cross-ice pass from Colton Sceviour to make it two all. Brad Lukowich had the second assist on both power play tallies.
Still in the first period, Grand Rapids put two more up. The Stars allowed a 4-on-2 rush and former Star Chris Conner made them pay, setting things at 3-2. Griffins leading scorer Gustav Nyquist added another to his goal count to make it 4-2. Only then did the first end. Shots were 15-8 for Texas and the Griffins scored on half of their shots in the frame.
The second period belonged to the Stars. The shots were more even but Texas was the club making them count. With Travis Morin in the box for hooking, Matt Fraser added his second shorthanded goal in as many games to extend his goal scoring lead to twenty on the season. Speedy center Ryan Garbutt assisted on the play. Four minutes later, Francis Wathier absolutely obliterated a shot, going roof on Tom McCollum for the game-tying goal. Shots were 14-13 for Texas again in the second.
As many Griffins fans were still finding their seats to start the third, Scott Glennie popped home his second of the night and eighth of the year only twenty-one seconds in. The goal set the score at 5-4 for Texas. The Griffins took two minor penalties in the last six minutes of the game, setting them at a distinct disadvantage to even the score at five.
With seventy seconds left, Griffins tender Tom McCollum would be pulled for the extra skater. Travis Morin would add an empty netter with just one second left to seal the win.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Godard, Roman, Berube (scratch)
Larsen, Vincour (callup)
Ray Sawada played in his first game in ten contests but left the game in the second after a rough hit and did not return.
Tonight's attendance was 8,791.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Grand Rapids - January 13 2012