Texas found a way to stay alive in the playoff hunt this evening with a 5-4 shootout win over the visiting Stockton Heat. Staying alive is all relative though, as Bakersfield increased its point total this evening. Texas will need to make it to 85 points, or 20 points in 10 games, to beat them. That is a perfect record.
The Stars never trailed in the game but also were never ahead by more than just one goal. The Heat and Stars alternated goals all night with Gemel Smith's sixth round shootout goal being the ultimate winner. Smith also tallied three assists.
Mike McMurtry returned from a very brief stint in the ECHL to score a goal and an assist in the contest. His recall was necessary after Dallas called for Jason Dickinson earlier today. Texas changed up the lineup a bit otherwise after last night's loss. Ludwig Bystrom, Matt Mangene and Dustin Stevenson all checked in after being scratched for several games running. Austin Fyten, Darren Dietz and Caleb Herbert were healthy scratches in their places.
Justin Peters stopped 22 of 26 shots in the win and 4 of 6 in the shootout.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Elie, Dickinson (call up)
Fyten, Dietz, Herbert (scratch)
Tonight's attendance was 6,453.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Stockton - March 25 2017