Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Stars Come Out Winners in 7-6 Seesaw Affair

(Credit: Manitoba Moose)
Texas survived an extremely raucous back-and-forth affair in Manitoba this evening. They eventually came out on the right side of a 7-6 shootout final, but not before scoring five in a row only to give back three and end up tied after regulation.

The Stars were up 2-1 after twenty with Derek Hulak netting the single Texas goal. The Moose added a third for good measure to open the second. Then Texas went on a tear. In order, the Stars got goals from Esa Lindell, Jason Dickinson, Ludwig Bystrom, Julius Honka and Curtis McKenzie. By the midpoint of the third, they led 6-3 and seemingly had the game locked down.

Manitoba made Texas look like the team they were back in November though. The Moose climbed back into the game with three goals in the final 10:02 of regulation.

Texas would play a scoreless overtime and head to the shootout. Brendan Ranford did not attempt his fake move and didn't score. Travis Morin and Jason Dickinson did.

Jason Dickinson was the Stars' best player on the night with a goal, two assists and the shootout tally. With players like Greg Rallo and Justin Dowling out of the lineup, Dickinson has an opportunity to step into the scoring role that he is clearly taking advantage of.

Texas returns home to play Lake Erie on Saturday.

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

Lindell-Johns
Honka-Backman
Evans-Bystrom

Desrosiers

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Faksa (call up)
Rallo, Shore, Dowling (injury)
Smith, Kane, Blacker (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 5,860.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Manitoba - February 10 2016

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