Texas got a gargantuan goal effort out of Brandon DeFazio but couldn't keep the goals against away. The forward's power play hat trick was wasted in a 5-3 loss in Tucson this evening.
Texas never led in a game that was filled with special teams. In all, the teams combined for five power play goals on 12 chances. You can't fault Texas' power play effort at 3/8, all coming from DeFazio. However, their penalty kill, mired at last in the league, gave up two in the loss, ultimately the difference. A late empty net goal sealed the game as Texas tried for the tying tally.
The Stars kept the shots below 30, a stated goal for Coach Laxdal. However, the goaltending was not as tight, with Maxime Lagace allowing four goals on just 27 shots (.852 SV%). Texas put 40 on Adin Hill in the Roadrunners net.
These two teams meet again in Tucson tomorrow night as Texas continues its four-game road trip.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Bystrom, Dowling, Ebert, Van Brabant (scratch)
Tonight's attendance was 4,481.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Tucson- January 13 2017