Saturday, February 13, 2016

Jason Dickinson Headlines Huge Texas Stars Comeback Win

Rookie forward tallies third game-winning goal of the week
Dickinson's game winner (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Two periods into tonight's contest, things were not going well for the Texas Stars. The home side was down 2-0 and should have been down more if not for some stellar play from their goalie, Maxime Lagace. The third period was a complete turnaround that vaulted Texas to a 4-3 home win in overtime with the winning goal coming off the stick of Jason Dickinson for the third time this week.

"Just don't quit," said Dickinson. "We knew we were doing the right things. We just stuck with the game plan and got those goals. It's a bunch of confident and positive guys. Nobody quits."

Coach Laxdal called the game "a gutsy character builder" for his team and praised the effort of guys who are stepped up in the absence of recalled and injured forwards. Dickinson is chief among those right now. Dickinson has four goals and three assists this week alone.

"He's been playing real well," continued Laxdal. "It's part of the development and process. Confidence is big for him. He's getting rewarded for hard work offensively. He's taking a step here with our group and it's good to see."

Another player who has continued to step up is Maxime Lagace, who collected the overtime win with 33 saves. Jason Dickinson said the team knew they had to win the game for Lagace, especially after an athletic save he made with 14.8 seconds left to maintain the tie, "We're playing for this guy and he's playing for us. Lagace really kept us in there. It could have been a completely different game. "

TJ Tynan found twine in the first with a power play goal and Jaime Sifers extended the lead with a point shot through traffic in the second.

The Stars collected a power play goal of their own with Julius Honka hitting the net through traffic early in the third. Laxdal said the goal gave his club life, but then Lake Erie regained their two goal lead and took back that life.

Stephen Johns stepped up on a net-front scrum and picked up a fighting major, which Laxdal says sparked the team for what would come. Just 39 seconds later, Brett Ritchie scored from in tight to make it 3-2 Lake Erie. A few minutes later, Esa Lindell would finish off a beauty pass from Curtis McKenzie on a shorthanded bid for the three all tie.

Maxime Lagace did his acrobatics to keep things knotted and Texas picked up a point after trailing by two after forty.

After much time in their own zone to start OT, Texas' Jason Dickinson entered the fray in overtime with a wrap around goal that bounced off Troy Vogelhuber and in.

These two clubs will play a Valentine's Day matchup tomorrow afternoon.

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

Backman-Honka
Johns-Lindell
Blacker-Bystrom

Lagace

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

Tonight's attendance was 5,459.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Lake Erie - February 13 2016

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