Texas Stars Can't Break Slump, Lose to Ontario Reign 5-3

The Texas Stars couldn’t get off the schneid on Thursday and dropped a third consecutive game, falling to the Ontario Reign 5-3. Ontario’s leading scorers Matt Luff and Matt Moulson came to play, tallying three and two points respectively. Rookie Sheldon Rempal found the net twice including the game winner.
(credit: Ontario Reign)
The Stars got the start they were looking for on the road with a goal from Adam Mascherin that came on the first shot for Texas. Mascherin finished the game with a helper to go with his tally.

The Reign quickly seized control for the next several shifts of the period with two successive goals coming in a span four minutes. Ontario’s top scorer Luff was left unmarked on the back door and made tied the game up with a one timer just over four minutes into the contest. Near the eight minute marker, Stars defenseman Dillon Heatherington was forced into an errant clearing attempt that centered the puck in front of Bow’s crease leading to a goal from Sheldon Rempal.

Atoning for the sloppy stretch of play, the Stars owned rest of the opening frame, answering with two more goals of their own. Gleason goal came on a sweet toe drag that got him into the slot to beat Petersen clean with a wrist shot with four minutes left of play in the period.

The aggressive play of the top line gave the Stars a power play before intermission. Colton Hargrove was obliged to capitalize on a slick feed from defenseman Joel Hanley to give the Stars a one goal lead heading into the locker room. The frantic pace of play favored the Stars, as they outshot the Reign 15-10.

Ontario’s second lead scorer Moulson got in on the action only thirteen seconds into the middle frame, pushing his point total to ten on the season. The Stars earned five power play chances to break the tie, but the score would hold through the end of the period. It wasn’t for lack of effort, as the Stars made Petersen stand on his head while they peppered him with eighteen shots.

Coming up blank with so much time on the man advantage would spell demise for the Stars. The Reign completely controlled play in the third period, outshooting the Stars 15-4. Joel L’Esperance took a tough penalty in the closing minutes which led to Rempal’s game winning goal on the power play. Luff’s second goal was scored into the empty net with seventeen seconds left of play.

The Stars will lick their wounds and finish their California trip on Saturday against the Bakersfield Condors. The puck drops at 9:00 PM CDT.

Tonight's lines:



Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Scarlett (season-ending ACL injury), Bayreuther (undisclosed)
Calderone, Payne, Vala (scratch)

Tonight’s attendance was unreported.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Ontario - November 1 2018