Texas Extends Season-Opening Win Streak to Three with 3-1 Win at San Diego

(Credit: Vince Rappleyea/San Diego Gulls)
In the first of many games that finished after this author's bedtime, the Stars defeated the San Diego Gulls Friday night to roll their season-opening streak to three games. They are in sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division with the win. The game was also San Diego's home opener, a sellout of 12,920.

The Stars opened the scoring with Roope Hintz collecting his second of the season off a loose puck scramble between the circles. On the power play later in the first, Travis Morin fed Curtis McKenzie for his first of the year to make it 2-0. That would be all the scoring Texas would need in the contest.

Mike McKenna locked things down with a 27 save performance. Following last week's five-goal outings, Texas and McKenna alike have to be feeling more confident in the team's defense.

Austin Ortega would net a power play goal in the third to make it close, but Matt Mangene found the empty net with eight seconds left to ice the game at 3-1.

These two teams face off again tomorrow night in San Diego.

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Regner, McNeill, Markison (scratch)
Elie (call up)

Austin Fyten and Greg Rallo both played their first game of the year tonight.

Tonight's attendance was 12,920.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Diego - October 13 2017