Saturday, November 3, 2018

Bakersfield Tops Texas as Stars Finish Roadtrip Without a Point

Texas's California roadtrip ended without a point to their name this evening as Bakersfield used a hot start to sink the Stars 4-3. Texas slips below .500 with the loss at 4-5-1-1.

Colton Point got the start for the Stars, who have been alternating keepers pretty consistently. The rookie was pierced twice in the first five minutes and looked to be getting the pull after the second tally against. Landon Bow came in for all of 16 seconds before Point retook the ice and finished the game. At the end of the match, Point sits with a season GAA of 4.00 and save percentage of .854. The standard for pro goalies is usually .900 or better, so it's safe to say Texas is expecting more of its tenders.

Those first two goals would set the Condors on a glide path for success. Joel Hanley scored his first of the season on the power play in the second period after Bako had already made it 3-0, and Erik Condra notched a goal late in the third to make it 4-2. Michael Mersch scored with one second left, but it was obviously too little too late to make a dent.

The Stars have a long layoff now until their next home game on Saturday in Cedar Park against San Antonio.

Tonight's lines:
Mersch-Hintz-Gurianov
Morin-L'Esperance-Hargrove
Condra-Calderone-Mascherin
Caamano-Payne-Markison

Hanley-Hanna
Vala-Hansson
Gleason-Nyberg

Point
Bow

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Dowling, Heatherington (callup)
Scarlett (season-ending ACL injury)
Bayreuther (undisclosed)
Phelan, Laberge (scratch)

Tonight’s attendance was not available at press time.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Bakersfield - November 3 2018

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