|(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)|
"Ritchie is a trigger man," said Derek Laxdal. "He's a scorer and he's got a bomb of a shot."
The Stars got themselves a really solid all around effort after last night's disappointing outcome. They scored five, allowed only two, scored twice on the power play, had a clean sheet on the PK and piked up three fights against a physical team.
"I thought our guys really responded after last night," said Derek Laxdal. "[The Heat] play big and physical and our guys stepped up."
Brett Ritchie started his night early with a goal just 80 seconds into the contest off the centering pass from Justin Dowling. Radek Faksa added his third of the weekend off a rebound before the end of the frame.
Julius Honka kept his scoring ways going with a power play tally. The Heat answered back with their first of the night with 6 minutes left in the second. Brett Ritchie restored the three goal lead with another power play goal to end 40 up 4-1.
The physical game was highlighted by three fights, certainly the most this Texas team has seen in a while. Brennan Evans, Curtis McKenzie, and Jason Dickinson dropped the gloves in the first, second and third periods respectively.
Texas finishes the weekend set with a game in San Antonio tomorrow afternoon.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Troock, Shore (injury)
Backman, Mangene (scratch)
Jesse Blacker was injured in the game, a lower body injury, and will likely be out tomorrow. The Stars have Mangene and Backman to slide in for him though.
Tonight's attendance was 4,746.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Charlotte - December 11 2015