|(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)|
"Both goaltenders played very well," said Coach Derek Laxdal. "We had some good looks to tie it up but we didn't get puck luck."
Maxime Lagace made his third straight start after winning his previous two on the road in Rockford this weekend. The rookie netminder stopped 32 of 33 shots on the night.
"I felt good in net," said Lagace. "The boys played hard. It could have gone either way. Their goalie had a good game as well."
Jon Gillies, Stockton's goaltender, picked up well-earned first star honors for stymieing Texas on all 36 shots he faced on the night. Despite it only being his 3rd AHL game, it was his second shutout.
Lagace has been astounding this week and is working to defy expectations after a year spent bouncing around the ECHL. His work with Mike Valley has really helped his game and was on display tonight as an active glove hand kept Texas with a clean sheet until late in the third period.
Texas had a bit of a "lull" coming in to the game as Calgary's system was on full display with a strong forecheck. The Stars had chances to break the scoreless tie early in the first with two shots going off the post. Travis Morin had a beautiful setup in the slot snagged by Gillies, and Jason Dickinson was hauled down on a breakaway in the third.
Devin Shore, coming off being named the AHL's Player of the Week, got a few good looks but didn't score in a game for the first time this year.
"If you look at Shore's shifts, he had some great looks," said Laxdal. "Devin isn't a flashy guy. He's hard working, and he'll take the puck to the net. He'll get by you. He had 3 looks tonight and just couldn't get any of them to go."
Late in the third, Esa Lindell got a little too anxious to put a body on a player and body checked a Stockton forward a few seconds after he had dumped the puck into the Texas zone. The call of interference was a fair one, but certainly not the call you want to get late in a 0-0 hockey game.
Freddie Hamilton made that penalty sting with a wrister that beat Lagace for the 1-0 lead. Texas had trouble getting established in the zone in the final minutes to pull Lagace. A final push with the net empty and a faceoff in the Stockton zone generated one or two chances but not the tying goal.
Texas now hits the road to face Iowa on Saturday and Sunday.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
McKenzie, Campbell, Faksa (callup)
Dowling, Mangene (injury)
The Stars have run a system the past two games where they dress three centers and four pairs of wingers and then rotate them all around independently. It worked well in Rockford, so they gave it another go tonight.
Cam Braes has left professional hockey to pursue his master's degree.
Tonight's attendance was 5,726.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Stockton - October 21 2015