Friday, December 1, 2017

Texas Stars Make It Five Straight With Come Back Win in Michigan

It took a shootout, but the Stars stretched their season-long winning streak to five games with a 5-4 victory in Grand Rapids this evening. Down 3-1 after the first and 4-2 after the second, Texas scored a power play goal in the third and an extra attacker goal with just six seconds left to take the game past regulation.

Mark McNeill jumped into the lineup and made an impact immediately. The veteran, who had been limited to just six games before tonight, found twine off the assist of Denis Gurianov and Roope Hintz to tie things at one. Turner Elson and Tyler Bertuzzi struck before the end of the first to make it a 3-1 deficit at the buzzer.

Justin Dowling and Matt Ford traded goals in the second to keep that two goal deficit in tact. The power play came to life again in the third with Hintz's seventh of the season. Down to the final few minutes, Texas pulled Mike McKenna with approximately 90 seconds left to go 6-on-5. It worked as Jason Dickinson scored his ninth of the season in the dying seconds of regulation.

Overtime was scoreless and Texas was the only team to score in the shootout. Roope Hintz beat Tom McCollum, and Mike McKenna stopped all three Griffins shooters for the victory.

Texas races across the midwest to play Rockford tomorrow night and end their seven-game road trip.

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Rallo, McKenzie, Dries, Thompson (scratch)
Elie (call-up)

Tonight's attendance was 8,770.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Grand Rapids - December 1 2017

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