Mascherin's First Pro Hat Trick Headlines Heated 7-3 Win for Texas

After last night's game, Texas Stars head coach Derek Laxdal said that his team needed an effort from all twelve forwards and every facet of the lineup to get a victory. This afternoon in San Antonio, they got that with a hat trick from Adam Mascherin, Elgin Pearce and Brady Norrish's first goals of the season and multi-point nights for several other depth players. The final of 7-3 was a good salve for a tough overall weekend effort against the Rampage.

Mascherin's points this season have come in bunches, but tonight was the ultimate in bunching. The hat trick, with all three goals coming in the first period, was supplmented by an assist in the second for a four-point night for the rookie. Denis Gurianov also had a four-point night, albeit a quieter permutation thereof, with one goal and three assists. Shane Hanna, Nick Caamano and Robbie Payne both had a pair of assists.

The Stars power play continued to be hot this game with two PPGs in the first period. Mascherin's three goals were only broken up by Jordan Kyrou's early goal to tie things at one each. From there, it was all Texas. Mascherin's second and third were supported by Denis Gurianov's eighth of the season in the second period. Jordan Nolan made it a two-goal lead again until Elgin Pearce and Brady Norrish each scored their first, making it 6-2.

The 7-2 goal was a breaking point for the Rampage. Joel L'Esperance scored on a scrum in tight, and the marker broke Jordan Binnington, who lashed out at L'Esperance with a slash to the back of the left leg. He was ejected, and Ville Husso took over in net.

Binnington's slash of L'Esperance and the ensuing fight
The third period was mostly benign as Chris Butler had the only tally of the period for either side, a power play goal that made it 7-3 for the final.

Texas now has rest days until another 3-in-3, all on the road, in the midwest starting Friday.

Tonight's lines:



Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Scarlett (season-ending ACL injury)
Mersch, Gleason (lower body)
Bayreuther, Hintz, Bow, Fedun, Hanley (callup)
Laberge (scratch)

Tonight’s attendance was 3,004.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Antonio - November 25 2018