|(Credit: Manitoba Moose)|
Curtis McKenzie had a three point night with two goals and an assist. Roope Hintz also had two goals, and Andrew Bodnarchuk and Brent Regner pitched in with two helpers each. The Stars were tested three times against Manitoba's second ranked power play and didn't crack, thanks to Bow.
The Stars had the AHL top-ranked team on their heels from the jump with two goals in the first period. Both were assisted by Andrew Bodnarchuk. Roope Hintz opened the scoring with his 11th goal of the season after several minutes of territorial play. Curtis McKenzie followed suit with a goal on a breakaway, beating Eric Comrie just over his glove hand.
There were a couple of moments in the first period that could have had the Stars running away with the game early. Hintz almost netted his second goal, but hit a crossbar. Travis Morin did score right after the Stars' first power play expired on a shot that banked in off the post. However, after a discussion, the referees concluded that there was goaltender interference, and the goal was disallowed.
With 18 seconds left in the second period, Hintz was rewarded with his second goal of the game when he batted a puck out of the air past Comrie, completely shocking the Moose crowd. Moose winger Chase De Leo, who was stone-walled by Landon Bow on a breakaway early in the period, lost his cool and dropped the gloves with Bodnarchuk out of frustration.
On their fifth power play of the game, McKenzie scored his second goal of the game in the third period. Travis Morin, who leads the AHL in assists, picked up his 34th. The Moose had quality chances late to get on the board, but Bow was better.
The Stars play game two of their weekend set against the Moose on Saturday evening. The puck drops at 7:00 PM CST.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Scarlett, Dries, Rallo, McNeill (scratch)
Tonight's attendance was 3,983.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Manitoba - January 19 2018