The game was a good study in how the Stars can be successful with their high-flying offense. The true measure of the game came down to the goaltender play of Jared Coreau in the first. Once the team had gotten through that stretch, they began to score and took off.
Texas now sits idle until the day after Christmas.
Here's the release:
Jared Coreau weathered a first period storm from the Texas Stars and opened the door for the Grand Rapids Griffins to skate away with a 6-1 win on Saturday night in front of 8,028 at Van Andel Arena.
It was the 14th consecutive win for Grand Rapids (16-8-0-1). Mattias Backman scored the only goal for the Stars (14-12-2-2). Texas now enjoys a six-day layoff until their next game, their longest break of the season.
The Stars host the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday at 7 p.m. CST.
Martin Frk's slap shot from the right circle for Grand Rapids opened up the game's scoring at 5:12 of the first for a power play goal.
In period two, the Griffins tacked on two more goals to extend their lead to 3-0 beginning with Brian Lashoff's goal at 1:47 to cap off a counterattack rush. Tomas Nosek touched home a rebound goal from the top of the goal crease at 13:55 off a one-time shot from the slot for his second of the season.
The Griffins made it a 5-0 cushion in the third with goals from Anthony Mantha at 8:53 and Andy Miele at 12:57. Backman scored his second goal of the season for the Stars at 13:39 to end the shutout bid for Coreau when his centering pass glanced off a Griffins player and in the net. Andreas Athanasiou added one more for Grand Rapids late for the 6-1 final.
The Stars finished 0-for-3 on the power play. Grand Rapids went 1-for-4.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Shore, Blacker (injury)
Kane, Faksa, Ully (scratch)
Tonight's attendance was 8,028.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Grand Rapids - December 19 2015