Saturday, November 28, 2015

Devin Shore Scores Two, But Texas Stars Fall 5-4

Devin Shore scored a pair to extend his lead in the AHL scoring race to 15, but the Stars ultimately fell 5-4 in their first ever contest with San Jose. The goals extended the rookie's scoring streak to six games. The game keyed on five minutes in the second period that saw Texas' 3-1 lead evaporate thanks to three quick goals from the Barracuda.

Maxime Lagace took the loss with a 28 save effort.

Here's the release:
Devin Shore scored a pair of goals to extend his goal-scoring streak to six games, but the San Jose Barracuda stuck with 48 seconds left in the game to prevail over the Texas Stars in a 5-4 final on Saturday afternoon at SAP Center.

It was the Stars' (11-8-0-1) first loss on their four-game trip to the West Coast. Along with his record-setting tally, Shore also regained the overall lead in the AHL with his 15th goal of the season. Nickolay Goldobin scored twice for the Barracuda (7-7-0-3) in the win.

The Stars and Barracuda face off again at SAP Center on Sunday at 5 p.m. CST.

Texas opened up the scoring with the first period's only goal as Justin Dowling fed Matej Stransky on an odd-man rush for his fifth of the season at 11:36.

The offensive flood gates opened in period two and both teams combined for six goals on 22 total shots starting with Shore's first of the game at 4:14 from the slot from Brendan Ranford and Travis Morin. San Jose answered back with Joakim Ryan's first of his pro career at 9:38, but Shore made it a 3-1 score on the power play for Texas for his league-leading 15th of the season less than three minutes later.

From there the Barracuda rattled off three straight goals starting with Goldobin's first of the contest at 14:10. His second came just over two minutes later to knot the score, and Barclay Goodrow pushed the Barracuda in front with 10 seconds left in the frame, on the doorstep, to make it 4-3.

The scoring cooled off in the third until Esa Lindell found a loose puck at the side of the goal crease with just under two minutes to play and slipped home his sixth of the year to tie the game again. The goal extended Lindell's point streak to five games, but the celebration was short-lived as Julius Berman deflected home the game-winner with 48 seconds left in regulation to hand the Barracuda the win.

Maxime Lagace stopped 28 of 33 shots in his first start since being recalled from the ECHL and suffered the loss. Troy Grosenick earned the win stopping 26 of 30 shots in net.

Texas extended their power play goal streak to seven games and finished 1-for-3. San Jose went 1-for-5.

Tonight's lines:
McKenzie-Faksa-Rallo
Shore-Morin-Ranford
Dickinson-Dowling-Stransky
Ully-Smith-Troock

Lindell-Johns
Evans-Mangene
Backman-Honka

Lagace

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Campbell (call up)
Blacker, Kane, Bystrom (scratch)
Elie (upper body)
Hulak (upper body)

Today's attendance was 4,032.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Jose - November 28 2015

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