Friday, December 9, 2016

Texas Offense Blasts Rockford As Bow Earns First AHL Win

Stars set season high in goals with 8-4 victory
Landon Bow (Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
Texas blasted the visiting Rockford IceHogs tonight, but it was a game that didn't always seem certain for the home side. After opening the game with three first-period goals, the IceHogs jumped back in the game with three straight of their own in just 6 minutes. That yielded a goalie change for the Stars and Landon Bow entered his first career AHL game.

He would leave the game with his first career AHL victory. With the game tied at three, either outcome was his alone. Texas backed him up with four straight goals. In the game, Texas got at least one goal from every line but Brendan Ranford was the only multi-goal scorer. Justin Dowling was plus-4 and his linemate Brandon DeFazio had a goal and two assists. Just four Texas skaters finished the game without a point.

While he didn't get a star of the game, Landon Bow earned the team's postgame cowboy hat for his 34 save effort in relief. Those saves came in just 32 minutes of work.

Texas got goals from Mike McMurtry, Brendan Ranford, Gemel Smith, Matt Mangene, Brandon DeFazio, Remi Elie and Justin Dowling. Smith scored on the PK and Mangene on the PP. It was a complete game performance for Texas if you squint to avoid the 8 save performance from Maxime Lagace. It looks like Bow will get the start tomorrow night as well after his effort tonight.

Tonight's lines:
DeFazio-Dowling-Elie
Dickinson-Smith-Gurianov
Ranford-Morin-Stransky
Van Brabant-Fyten-McMurtry

Ebert-Bodnarchuk
Bystrom-Stevenson
Anselmini-Mangene

Lagace
Bow

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Honka (call up)
Backman (mid-body injury)
Werek (injury)
Ully, Herbert (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 4,572.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Rockford - December 9 2016

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