Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Texas Rallies in Final Minutes to Beat Moose 3-2

Jason Dickinson had a pair of goals, including the late game winner, as Texas defeated the Moose this evening in Winnipeg in the first game of the season between the two. Maxime Lagace returned to the lineup after a lower body injury held him out for several games. He stopped 27 of 29.

The Stars power play was a big catalyst on the night, going 3-for-7 and obviously scoring all of the night's goals. Texas cashed in 5-on-3 as well.

Brendan Ranford had two assists to continue a point streak now at four games, and Brett Ritchie had the Stars' only other goal on the night.

The game winning tally came with Patrice Cormier in the box for delay of game. Jason Dickinson beat Eric Comrie with just 47 seconds in the game, giving Manitoba no time to respond.

Here's the release:
Jason Dickinson finished with two power play goals and the Texas Stars scored twice in the final three minutes of regulation to take a 3-2 road win over the Manitoba Moose on Tuesday night in front of 5,406 in attendance at MTS Centre.

Dickinson’s second power play goal held up as the game-winner after Brett Ritchie knotted the score at 2-2 less than two minutes earlier. Maxime Lagace won his sixth straight start with a 27-save performance in net, and Brendan Ranford extended his point streak to four games with an assist on Dickinson’s first goal.

The Stars (27-18-3-3) and Moose (12-27-3-4) wrap up their two-game set on Saturday at 7 p.m. CST in Winnipeg.

Back-to-back penalties late in the third handed Texas a 5-on-3 power play with 2:39 remaining, and the Stars didn’t waste their opportunity. Just seconds into the two-man advantage, Travis Morin set up Ritchie in the left circle to snap home his 12th goal of the season and knot the score. Then, with 46 seconds left to play, Jason Dickinson finished off an odd-man rush from the slot on a wrist shot that beat Manitoba’s Eric Comrie for his 12th of the year and second of the night.

Lagace held off one last push from the Moose with the extra attacker on the ice to seal his 11th win of the season.

After a scoreless first period, Manitoba opened up the scoring off a loose puck in the goal crease that was batted in by John Albert 27 seconds into period two. Texas knotted things up on the power play as Dickinson located a loose puck at the left side of the goal crease and stuffed it past Comrie, who ended up finishing with 30 saves on the night.

Manitoba took a 2-1 lead 3:30 into the third when a centering pass deflected past Lagace off the leg of Darren Kramer for his third of the year prior to the Stars late offensive outburst.

The Stars finished 3-for-7 on the power play while the Moose went 0-for-3.

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

Lindell-Honka
Johns-Backman
Blacker-Bystrom

Lagace

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

Tonight's attendance was 5,406.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Manitoba - February 9 2016

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