Friday, March 17, 2017

Gavin Bayreuther Scores In First Pro Game, Texas Beats Cleveland 4-0

Justin Peters stopped everything he saw tonight for his second straight shutout. The Stars didn't need his perfect performance this evening though as they pierced Anton Forsberg for four goals on the evening. Texas's newest player, Gavin Bayreuther, made his mark with his first professional goal. Playing on the power play in his first pro game, he scored off the passing feed of the Stars' longest tenured player, Travis Morin.

The Stars were perfect on the PK, and Bayreuther's PPG made Texas 1/4 of the PP.

Here's the release:
Rookie Gavin Bayreuther scored in his first career game, Justin Dowling tallied a milestone goal and Justin Peters stopped 24 shots in net to record his first shutout for the Texas Stars in a 4-0, St. Patrick's Day win over the Cleveland Monsters in front of 10,215 in attendance at Quicken Loans Arena.

Caleb Herbert also scored for Texas, and the Stars snapped a four-game winless skid in the win (0-2-0-2). Cole Ully and Julius Honka each registered a pair of assists for the Stars.

Texas (28-29-1-4) and Cleveland (27-27-3-4) wrap up their season series Saturday at 6 p.m. CST.

After a scoreless first period, Herbert provided all the offense Peters would need on a quick wrist shot from the right circle at 10:15 to beat Cleveland's Anton Forsberg and open up the 1-0 score. Five minutes later, Dowling deflected Nick Ebert's point shot for his eighth of the season, and the 71st of his Texas career, to pass Matt Fraser for fourth in team history.

Carrying their 2-0 lead into the third, Austin Fyten found the back of the net for Texas midway through the frame off a faceoff for his first goal since Dec. 3 against Manitoba. With 5:08 to play in the game, and Texas on the power play, Bayreuther snapped home his first career goal off Travis Morin's crossing feed from the right circle to cap the scoring for Texas.

Peters' shutout came in his return to Cleveland after suffering a Calder Cup Final loss to the Monsters last year as a member of the Hershey Bears. The Stars' veteran netminder has given just five goals over his last four games.

Forsberg finished with 27 saves in the loss.

Texas finished 1-for-4 on the power play. Cleveland finished 0-for-3.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Elie (call up)
Smith (injury)
McMurtry, Hache, Bystrom, Lagace, Stevenson (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 10,215.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Cleveland - March 17 2017

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