Saturday, December 20, 2014

Texas Stars Get Complete Game with 3-1 Win in Toronto

The Stars got the exact type of game they needed this afternoon in Toronto, scoring in each period and allowing just a single goal the other way. The club was perfect on the penalty kill and scored on the power play as well. Jack Campbell saw his first game action since December 3rd and stopped 32 of 33.

Derek Hulak opened the scoring in the first period off the assist of Taylor Stefishen, his first point as a Texas Star. The rebound goal was the only scoring in the first period, where Texas just shellacked Christopher Gibson in the Marlies' net. They outshot Toronto 14-5 in the frame.

Toronto outshot Texas 13-12 in the second period, but it didn't matter for the score in the frame. The only scoring of the period came as the Stars had a man advantage. Derek Meech had his fourth of the year with an assist from the newest Stars, Matt Mangene. Mangene played last night in Florida and earned his first point for the Stars less than 16 hours later. Mangene had a solid game as the Stars dressed seven defensemen. William Wrenn shuffled out of the lineup as Scott Valentine and Mangene stepped in. Valentine had been out since last week's shot block against Charlotte that sent him limping off the ice.

The teams traded goals in the third period. Brendan Ranford got his fifth of the year in the opening two minutes of the frame. Jesse Root had the lone assist. Toronto's Matt Frattin broke up Jack Campbell's shutout a few minutes later to make it 3-1.

The Stars took a few late penalties and found themselves down 6-on-4 and 6-on-5 in the final five minutes of the game. They would bend but not break to collect two points.

Texas finishes their 3-in-3 against Hamilton tomorrow in another 2:00 PM Central start.

Tonight's lines:
Henderson-Faksa-Rallo
Ranford-Root-Glennie
Stefishen-Smith-Stransky
Dowling-Hulak

Gaunce-Fortunus
Meech-Honka
Valentine-Hardowa
Mangene

Campbell

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Morin, Jokipakka (call up)
Troock (injury)
Wrenn, Peters, McKenzie, Ritchie (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 3,421.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Toronto - December 20 2014

3 comments:

  1. McKenzie and Ritchie scratched and Dowling and Hulak 4th line?

    Any further details on that?

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    1. Lines were a bit jumbled so I wouldn't read into Dowling and Hulak's line placement here.

      McKenzie didn't make it to the rink in time.

      Not sure on Brett Ritchie. We'll know more if he's out tomorrow.

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  2. I think Mangene did a great job for his first time on the ice with our guys.

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