Sunday, January 24, 2016

Texas Stars Railroad Rampage 6-1 Thanks to Faksa Line Again

(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
When it's working, why change it? Texas found chemistry last night on a newly-constructed line featuring Derek Hulak and Greg Rallo centered by Radek Faksa. This afternoon in San Antonio, those three continued to build on that chemistry in a 6-1 victory.

In six periods of play, that line has tallied 17 points.

Greg Rallo, former San Antonio captain, tallied two against his former club and added an assist. Derek Hulak opened the scoring early in the contest, adding an assist himself. Radek Faksa found the scoreboard with a late tic-tac-toe goal and two assists.

In all the scoring by that line, the game-winner was Curtis McKenzie's first period goal.

Derek Hulak scored his tenth of the year on a tip play in front. Curtis McKenzie was the recipient of a great passing play with Travis Morin and Brendan Ranford. The period saw a lot of rubber on both goalies. The clubs combined for 31 shots.

Maxime Lagace had a strong first period and perhaps an even stronger second period. He only faced six shots in the second but had to endure a fifteen minute segment without any shots. He nearly collected the Stars' first shutout of the season until Sam Henley scored in the third.

Former Rampage Greg Rallo potted two in the second period to really put the game out of reach. Passing was key to the scoring as Texas used its speed against the Rampage to generate chances.

Radek Faksa would collect one of his own in the third. And just to polish things off, Travis Morin completed a beautiful goal into a yawning net to setup the final at 6-1.

The Stars return home to play San Jose on Wednesday.

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

Backman-Honka
Johns-Oleksiak
Evans-Bystrom

Lagace

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Lindell (callup)
Shore, Dowling, Blacker, Ritchie (injury)
Mangene, Kamrass, Muse (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 4,211.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Antonio - January 24 2016

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