Despite falling in the shootout, Texas had an overall fantastic showing in Western Canada this weekend. After earning a win on Friday, Texas followed it up with a point in a shootout loss tonight. The Stars got a power play goal from leading goal-scorer Matt Fraser in the first but Krys Kolanos evened things up shortly thereafter. In a five round shootout, Abbotsford bested the Stars and Jack Campbell with three goals to the Stars' two.
Another scoreless first for Texas, despite outshooting the Heat 16-9, pointed to the end results of a three-point game. Fraser's tenth of the season broke the deadlock at the five minute mark of the second. Assisted by Benn and Eakin, Fraser one-timed the puck, not even getting all of the shot, and beat Barry Brust for the 1-0 lead. Also on the power play, Kolanos tied things up just two minutes later. Texas outshot the Heat 13-5 in the period.
After a scoreless third period and OT, Texas went to the shootout for the extra point. The Stars have had quite a few shootouts this season go extra long thanks to the brick-wall status of Cristopher Nilstorp. Jack Campbell was in net for this one and heat tender Barry Brust was simply one save better. Texas got goals from Tomas Vincour and Jordie Benn. Tied at two with only Kolanos left to go, the former first round pick beat Campbell in the final round to win 2-1.
Overall, despite how close the team was to earning all four points, it's a result that the Stars have to be happy with. Texas went to the home arena of the best team in the conference and earned three of four in back-to-back nights. Also, Texas has to be very pleased with the performance of Jack Campbell, who only allowed one goal in the game.
Texas will face San Antonio at home on Wednesday.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Tonight's attendance was 2,912.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Abbotsford - December 15 2012