Texas finished off their four game road trip with a 2-2 split thanks to a three goal second period in Chicago this evening. A two-for-two power play effort and near flawless PK sent the Stars to a "W" before 3,032 fans at the Allstate Arena. Jordie Benn extended his scoring lead among defenseman with his eighth of the year as Fraser did the same among all players with his 21st. Andrew Raycroft had 23 saves on 26 shots.
Chicago opened the scoring in this one just three minutes in as Nathan Longpre wrapped around the Texas net to beat Andrew Raycroft for his seventh of the year. Texas jumped on the power play at the five minute mark after Victor Oreskovich delivered a check to the head of Mike Hedden. Hedden did not miss a shift but Oreskovich hurt himself in the process went to the locker room. Brad Lukowich found twine on the ensuing power play with Francis Wathier screening out Eddie Lack in front. Linemates Glennie and Sceviour picked up the assists on the power play goal. Shots ended at 10-10 in the period as the score was tied at one.
The Wolves once again scored first in the second period. Jordan Schroeder finished off a two-on-one with a one timer to beat Raycroft at the 2:45 mark of the period. Texas answered right back 23 seconds later. Jordie Benn snapped a wrister from the top of the circles to tie things at two a piece. Jake Hauswirth and Brendan Connolly both picked up their first assists with the Stars on the goal.
The Stars were not done in the period yet though. Just before the 14 minute mark, Matt Fraser tallied his 21st of the season, this one at even strength. Mike Hedden sent a glorious cross-ice pass to Fraser's stick, which he finished off in typical fashion. Just under a minute later, with Texas on the power play, Max Fortunus sent one low on Lack for his fourth of the year. The Stars outshot Chicago 15-6 in the period to take a commanding 4-2 lead overall.
Chicago got a third goal in the third period on the power play late. Mike Duco scored with a 6-on-4 advantage to set things at 4-3 for Texas, but a minute of 6-on-5 would not give Chicago the game tying goal.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Tousignant, Sawada (injury)
Labrie, Godard (scratch)
Larsen, Vincour (callup)
Today's attendance was 3,032.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Chicago - January 18 2012