Sunday, November 23, 2014

Texas Shutout in San Antonio as Winless Skid Hits Franchise-Record Six

Looking to get back into the win column, the Texas Stars were unsuccessful against division-leading San Antonio, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Rampage in the Alamo City. With the loss, Texas dropped to 6-6-4 on the season, 10th in the conference, and tied a franchise-record for worst losing streak at six. The Stars set the unsavory previous record at six from March 10th to 23rd of 2012. That season was the only one so far where the Stars did not make it to the postseason.

Coaches hate it when goals against come in the first or last few minutes of a period. They either put you on your heels at the start of a period, after just going over your gameplan in the locker room, or they put you in a bad situation going into the intermission. The Stars gave up one of each against San Antonio tonight.

Longtime AHL veteran, Mark Mancari, tapped in a beauty of a pass from Connor Brickley with 65 seconds left in the first period. There was nothing standing between Mancari and the net as Brickley feathered it perfectly to the right winger on the backdoor. San Antonio outshot Texas 13-9 in the frame.

To open the second period, Connor Brickley got one of his own. Greg Rallo found himself in the box on a questionable call, a minor for a broken stick. The stick broke as Rallo played the puck. He dropped the stick once he realized it was broken, but clearly didn't know it until it snapped in his hand on a poke check. The referee couldn't have known either, but he made the call nonetheless. Brickley scored his seventh of the year on that power play with just four seconds left in the advantage.

Texas would get buzzing in the late second period, but it would come to no avail. Late in the third, Drew Shore would pot an impressive empty net goal to put the Stars down 3-0. Shore could have reached out to touch the glass behind his own net but lifted it past the Stars skaters to find the net 200 feet away.

The Stars will play Oklahoma City on Wednesday to start a stretch of three games in four nights bracketing Thanksgiving.

Tonight's lines:
Glennie-Dowling-Smith
Rallo-Morin-Ranford
Stransky-Faksa-Hulak
Troock-Peters-Karlsson

Gaunce-Fortunus
Dalhuisen-Valentine
Honka-Meech

Campbell

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
McKenzie, Jokipakka (call up)
Root, Wrenn (scratched)
Rynnas, Ritchie, Henderson (illness)

Tonight's attendance was 4,375.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Antonio - November 23 2014

2 comments:

  1. I feel like pending a trade bringing another Dman to Dallas you can cross Jokipakka off the call up list too, seeing as it looks like Jordie Benn is now the new man out for Dallas.

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  2. I'm at a loss for words. I went to the game Friday night and did not recognize the team playing in front of me. I'm trying to be optimistic and acknowledge that the flu and call ups could very well play a big part in it, but we are on a very long losing streak.

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