Thursday, December 29, 2016

Texas Stars Shutout at Home in Front of Season-High Crowd

(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
Playing against a club with a seven-game losing streak coming into the game, it felt like Texas should have had the upper hand in the game. With a season-high crowd of 6,538 on hand, the Stars got buried early by two goals and fell by a score of 4-0. The desperation of the Gulls overcame the Stars, who were shutout for the first time this season.

"Obviously not what we wanted with the great crowd here," said forward Brandon DeFazio. "We feel like we let everybody down."

Coach Laxdal continued, "It's easy to say that their work ethic was much stronger than ours in most areas of the game. I'm not saying the effort wasn't there but our effort wasn't direct enough."

A rifle of a shot from the left point opened the scoring. Andrew Welinski beat Bow high just two minutes into the contest for the 1-0 lead. The Stars had an excellent chance on the power play just a few minutes later. The arena goal horn and the official's goal light went off, but the refs called Gemel Smith's effort off. It was the correct call with a hard bounce off the inside of the post never crossing the goal line.

San Diego built strength off their early successful penalty kills, two in the first. Coming off the second, the penalized player, Texas native Stefan Noesen, left the box and joined the play as it developed up the ice. After some zone time, Noesen notched the second goal of the night on a rebound in tight.

"I didn't think we handled the penalty kill well. They pressure hard in the zone. We saw it in the playoffs, and they haven't changed it."

Texas pressed hard in the second but came up with just a few posts to show for it. DeFazio assessed, "If we had gotten one at 2-0, maybe the crowd gets into it."

San Diego scored two more in the final frame to set the score at 4-0. Samuels-Thomas had a penalty shot goal, the first penalty shot in a Texas game this season.

Landon Bow stopped 22 of 26 shots. San Diego's Kevin Boyle got his first AHL win and first AHL shutout in the same night with a 22 save effort.

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

Honka-Bystrom
Faust-Anselmini
Bodnarchuk-Ebert

Bow

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Backman, Werek, Ully (injury)
Gurianov (World Juniors)
Stevenson, Fyten (scratch)

Dustin Stevenson should return Saturday. He has been out dealing with a family issue.

Tonight's attendance was 6,538.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. San Diego - December 29 2016

2 comments:

  1. This is the second game in recent history where I don't think the home team earned any 3 stars of the game honors. Now that Bow's numbers have leveled off (.905 SV% and 3.18 GAA in 8 games) can we say that the "hot hand" has cooled? Does this give Max a chance at the crease again?

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    1. I'd still hedge toward Bow starting tomorrow. Could be wrong.

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