Thursday, March 19, 2015

Power Play, Jack Campbell Earn Texas' 5th Straight Win

Jack Campbell had exactly the sort of game that he needed for the Texas Stars tonight. Campbell pitched a 27-save shutout in Chicago to win his third straight and the fifth straight for the Texas Stars. Texas is on a six game point streak now and has vaulted itself to sixth place in the Conference outright.

The power play got a lot of chances and made good on them as well. On eight opportunities, the Stars cashed in twice. Scott Glennie and Derek Meech both scored, and Derek Hulak potted an empty netter.

The lineup was packed with youngsters. Esa Lindell played his first pro game in North America. He was on the ice for the empty net goal, making him plus-1 with two shots and two PIMs. Devin Shore and Ludwig Bystrom stayed in the lineup. Shore nearly scored his first career goal off the crossbar in the game.

Matt Climie took the loss for Chicago.

Here's the release:
Jack Campbell's third straight win in net was a big one as the Texas Stars shut out the Chicago Wolves in a 3-0 win on Thursday night at Allstate Arena to open up their four-game road trip and take over sixth place in the AHL's Western Conference.

Campbell stopped 27 shots for his first shutout of the season and the fifth overall for Texas (30-18-13-1). Travis Morin (two assists) and Derek Hulak (goal, assist) each tallied multi-point nights for the Stars, who are now 9-2-3-0 in their last 14 games and have won five straight.

The Stars continue their road-trip on Saturday when they visit the Milwaukee Admirals at 7 p.m.

Texas scored two of their three goals on the power play as Scott Glennie buried the first one at 8:29 of the first for his 12th of the season and a 1-0 Stars lead. Justin Dowling added an assist to extend his point streak to five games. Julius Honka was also credited with a helper on the goal.

In period two, Derek Meech added to the Texas lead with a power play goal of his own when Derek Hulak's shot from the right side of the crease opened up a rebound opportunity for the veteran defenseman to score his 10th of the season at 4:30. Travis Morin added the second assist on the goal as well.

Campbell held the fort in the third long enough for Hulak to score an empty-net goal from the red line with just under two minutes to play for his 17th of the year. The Stars kept the Chicago (29-25-6-1) offense in check the rest of the way to seal the shutout win.

Texas finished 2-for-8 on the power play while the Wolves went 0-for-4.

Esa Lindell made his Texas Stars and AHL debut after being reassigned to Texas from the Finnish Elite League by the Dallas Stars.

Tonight's lines:
Ranford-Dowling-Glennie
Hulak-Morin-Rallo
Troock-Smith-Henderson
Stransky-Shore

Fortunus-Oleksiak
Meech-Honka
Gaunce-Bystrom
Lindell

Campbell

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
McKenzie, Ritchie (call up)
Peters, Mangene, Root, Valentine (scratch)
Rynnas, Faksa (injury)

Tonight's attendance was 3,731.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Chicago - March 19 2015

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