Saturday, December 15, 2018

Adam Mascherin Scores in OT to Give Texas 3-2 Win Over Rockford

The Texas Stars didn't allow the full two points to elude them a second time in as many nights as they beat the Rockford IceHogs 3-2 in overtime. Adam Mascherin had the game winning goal, while Erik Condra and Joel L'Esperance both chipped in with a tally.
(credit: Rockford IceHogs)
The Stars went 1-for-4 on the power play against Rockford's third ranked penalty kill unit with Condra getting the marker. Travis Morin set Condra up nicely in the slot for his fourteenth goal of the season to put the Stars up 1-0 in the opening minutes of the middle frame.

James Phelan was called for goaltender interference with a minute left before first intermission, and the IceHogs cashed in with only four ticks left as Jordan Schroeder got a stick on a rebound to swat it in past Phillippe Desrosiers. The potential was there for that play to become one that deflates a team, but Desrosiers played strong throughout the contest and matched Rockford tender Anton Forsberg save for save.

Desrosiers battled through two big breakaways in the second and third periods, which he confidently snuffed out. He also was the recipient of a reckless play by Rockford winger Nathan Noel as he came barreling into the crease unimpeded in the third period. There was no call, which could have been frustrating considering Phelan was called for far less an infraction. No matter. Desrosiers finished with a sparkling 32 saves on 34 shots.

The IceHogs pulled ahead by one eight minutes into the third period. The Stars were caught up ice with no help on the back end, and it led to a goal from Lucas Carlsson who finished from the high slot. L'Esperance went top shelf for the equalizer three minutes later.

The Stars possessed the puck for the majority of overtime play, and it paid off. Though several chances were generated by the likes of L'Esperance, Morin, and Condra, a loose dribbler left in front of the crease by Nick Caamano was all Mascherin needed to secure the victory. He nudged the rebound in for his twelfth goal of the year as Forsberg lost sight of the puck. Just like that, the Stars have picked up eleven out of twelve points in the past six games.

The Stars close out their road trip in a Tuesday matinee against the Chicago Wolves. The puck drops at 11:00 AM CST.

Tonight's lines:
Morin-Dowling-Condra
Caamano-Hintz-Mersch
Hargrove-L'Esperance-Mascherin
Laberge-Phelan-Markison

Heatherington-Hansson
Hanna-Gleason
Nyberg-Vala

Desrosiers

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Scarlett (season-ending ACL injury)
Norrish, Point, Naas (scratch)

Spencer Naas was recalled from Idaho prior to tonight's game in Rockford.

Tonight’s attendance was 3,457

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Rockford - December 15 2018

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