Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Brett Ritchie's Four Point Effort Powers Stars' Sixth Straight Win

In late game action, the Texas Stars extended their winning streak to six with a 6-3 effort over the San Diego Gulls in California. The win ends the season series with the Gulls at 5-1-0-0 for the Stars. Brett Ritchie was the standout performer, notching a goal and three assists for a four-point night. Maxime Lagace won his 11th straight decision, a streak stretching back to November, with 42 saves on 45 shots.

The Stars were without the services of Travis Morin this evening. The captain was injured late in the Stars' game against Lake Erie on Sunday. Stephen Johns wore the captain's C in his absence.

Texas burst out to a two goal lead in the first on goals by Remi Elie and Matej Stransky and never trailed in the game. San Diego would pull within one several times, but the Stars always had the answer. The penalty kill was a perfect 5-for-5 on the night and the power play scored once on three opportunities.

Curtis McKenzie and Jason Dickinson continued their recent hot streaks with a goal each and two assist for McKenzie. Cole Ully scored the ultimate game winner, his second tally in the last week. He and several others are being called upon as Texas becomes thinner in scoring due to injuries and callups.

The Stars stay in California to play Ontario on Friday.

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

Backman-Honka
Johns-Lindell
Blacker-Bystrom

Lagace

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Faksa (call up)
Rallo, Shore, Dowling, Morin (injury)
Evans, Muse, Mangene (scratch)

Stephen Johns wore the captain's C in Morin's absence.

Tonight's attendance was 5,947.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Diego - February 17 2016

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