Saturday, January 20, 2018

Texas Stars Surge into 2nd Place, Toppling Manitoba 5-1

Mike McKenna smothers a puck (Credit: Manitoba Moose)
Texas got contributions all over the lineup as the visitors roughed up the best team in the league, Manitoba, by a 5-1 score. The Stars defeated the Moose in back-to-back games, both by a four goal margin. The win pushes Texas into second place in the Pacific Division.

On the weekend, Texas tenders were pierce just a single time. Mike McKenna got the start tonight and stopped 38 of 39 shots against him. Thirty of those 39 came in the first two periods.

Manitoba scored in the first period tonight but not before Jason Dickinson and Colin Markison each notched a goal. Dickinson's goal came just 17 seconds into the contest. Travis Morin's assist on Markison's tally extended his AHL assists lead to At no point during the weekend did Texas trail the Moose.

A scoreless second period gave way to an offensive outburst in the third period. Curtis McKenzie scored his AHL-leading 21st of the season on the power play early. Greg Rallo collected his first goal of the season atthe 13 minute mark. Jason Dickinson finished up the scoring, draining it into an empty net with three minutes to go.

The Stars return home to face San Jose on Tuesday.

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Heatherington (callup)
Paliotta, Dries, Dowling, McNeill (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 5,245.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Manitoba - January 20 2018

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