Saturday, January 30, 2016

Stars Split in Cleveland, Earn 3-2 Win on the Road

After falling Friday night 3-2, the Stars earned a win by the same score over the same opponent in afternoon action today. Maxime Lagace got the start and has now won his last six decisions. Radek Faksa scored a pair of goals including the game winner.

The early start was no problem for Radek Faksa, who opened the scoring on an individual effort in the first. His feisty forecheck handed Texas the first goal of the game on a turnover. Trent Vogelhuber beat the Stars in the second on the power play to tie things.

Curtis McKenzie continued going to those tough areas of the ice, as he did Wednesday against the Barracuda. The result was his tenth goal of the year, a jabbing play that slid the puck five-hole on Anton Forsberg for the 2-1 lead. Lake Erie would again counter to tie it in the next period.

As the third wound down, Texas earned a power play and scored in the most peculiar fashion. A Brett Ritchie shot went high and bounced off the glass. In the spirit of play to the whistle, Radek Faksa banged home the puck, which landed squarely in front of Forsberg.

Greg Rallo missed the game with a lower body injury. The team overall will have several days to rest with the All-Star Break starting tomorrow.

Tonight's lines:
McKenzie-Morin-Ranford
Ritchie-Dickinson-Ully
Stransky-Faksa-Hulak
Kane-Smith-Elie

Lindell-Honka
Johns-Oleksiak
Backman-Bystrom

Lagace

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Rallo, Shore, Dowling, Blacker (injury)
Evans, Mangene, Muse (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 9,657.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Lake Erie - January 30 2016

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