The Stars used a season-high four goal first period to power their 6-4 win over the Wolves tonight in Rosemont. Texas got two goals from Alex Chiasson and three assists from Jamie Oleksiak. In addition, Austin Smith collected his first career AHL goal in the first period. The six goal team effort was also a season high. Jack Campbell had 27 saves on 31 shots in the game.
The win broke up a four game win streak for Chicago and moved Texas to within two points of the Charlotte Checkers, who were idle tonight.
Texas's gargantuan first period started early with two goals in twelve seconds during the second minute of the game. Alex Chiasson went first, collected a Mike Hedden pass out of the corner and banging home a second effort past Matt Climie.
Just twelve second later, Austin Smith had his first career AHL goal off a centering pass from Taylor Vause. Smith, at the top of the crease, set the score at 2-0 before many had found their seats.
The onslaught continued as Chiasson had his second of the night on a beautiful dangle around Andrew Gordon. The backhand goal was his ninth of the year and was assisted by Gazdic and Oleksiak.
Toby Petersen chased Matt Climie from the net with his third of the year. The backhand shot off the pass from Oleksiak came just before the fourteen minute mark.
With Joe Cannata in net, Texas ceded a power play goal during a Justin Dowling holding call. Andrew Gordon tipped a Brad Hunt shot past Jack Campbell. The frenetic first came to an end with Texas ahead on shots 12-6 and in goals 4-1.
Things only cooled off a bit in the second period with the teams combining for three goals. Chicago went first as Mike Davies got his fourth of the year, tipping a Darren Haydar shot from the point to make the score 4-2 Texas.
Mike Hedden would re-establish the Stars three goal lead on the power play halfway through the period. Hedden's shot fell into the net behind Cannata as Alex Chiasson wildly swung at the puck, attempting the hat trick. The rubber needed no help to tally Hedden's second of the year.
Chicago finished the period with a round the net backhand goal from Haydar on a seemingly harmless play. After forty, Texas was set at a 5-3 lead.
In the third, Texas traded goals again with Chicago. Taylor Vause surprised Cannata with a turnaround shot through the five hole for the 6-3 marker. Darren Haydar turned right around and scored off a tip from an Andrew Gordon shot.
Texas will bus overnight to Peoria to face the Rivermen tomorrow night.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Eakin, R. Smith, Roussel, Benn, Dillon, Nilstorp, Sceviour (call up)
Wathier, Morin, Glennie (injured)
Tonight's attendance was 6,333.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Chicago - January 18 2013