Friday, December 13, 2013

Texas Stars' Power Play Pushes Past Chicago 2-1

Travis Morin (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

The Texas Stars will surely continue saying that they cannot rely on the power play to win them games. However, they are also not going to complain when it does. That was the case tonight as two power play goals and a 27 save performance from Jack Campbell were enough to push the Stars past the Wolves. Campbell moved to a perfect 4-0 on the season with the win. It was the Stars' fifth home win in a row and extended their record to 11-2-0-1 on Cedar Park Center ice.

After no score in the first period, Mike Hedden continued his solid play of late with a power play goal off the tip of a Jyrki Jokipakka shot. Matej Stranksy, who rejoined the lineup after some time in the press box, picked up the second assist as he continued his power play duties for the Stars. Four minutes later, a too many men penalty for Chicago found them down by a man again. Travis Morin pulled into a tie with Colton Sceviour on the Stars' points leaderboard with his 12th of the year. His right-circle shot was assisted by Chris Mueller and Maxime Fortunus. The captain extended his point streak to four games with the apple.

Jack Campbell clamped down most of the rest of the way with just one shot passing him by. With 7:23 left in the game, Texas allowed a goal by Jani Hakanpaa after a scramble in front of the net. Hakanpaa was also the solitary goal scorer the last time Chicago visited Texas.

Texas travels to San Antonio Sunday.

Tonight's lines:
McKenzie-Morin-Ranford
Glennie-Mueller-Ritchie
Hedden-Dowling-Stransky
Petersen-Peters-Wathier

Jokipakka-Gaunce
Labrie-Button
Fortunus-May

Campbell

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Oleksiak, Sceviour (callup)
Vause (scratch)
Nemeth, Wrenn (injury)

Jeff May was signed before the game and made his Texas Stars debut alongside Maxime Fortunus. He was minus-1 with no shots. His placement in the lineup was necessitated by an injury to Patrik Nemeth. Coach Desjardins said Nemeth is "day-to-day" but they really don't know yet.

Tonight's attendance was 5,291.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Chicago - December 13 2013

2 comments:

  1. I noticed that Wathier was on the ice with Morin quite a bit. Any info on that? Was he out there as a protector to keep them from gunning for our best guy or something else?

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    1. Trying to just rotate him up into the top lines and see what he could do. Coach said he didn't like what he was seeing from Ranford and wanted to try something different.

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