Texas Drops Second Straight on Road in 2-1 Loss to San Jose

The Texas Stars dropped their second consecutive road game on Friday in another 2-1 loss--this time to the San Jose Barracuda. The effort was there for the Stars, as they peppered rookie goaltender Josef Korenar with 41 shots, but the results weren’t. This was likely an instance in which head coach Derek Laxdal “didn’t mind their game.”

(credit: San Jose Barracuda)
A couple of bounces didn’t go the Stars way in the first period which led to their undoing. Barracuda forward Matt Fonteyne opened the scoring on the power play four minutes into the contest and made the Stars chase the rest of the way.

Jayden Halbgewachs tipped in a puck that bounced awkwardly off the end wall to push the Barracuda lead to 2-0 with less than three minutes left in the opening frame.

Unfortunately for the Stars, they played a really good opening period but couldn’t catch any breaks. About halfway through the frame, they were sure they scored on a rebound and celebrated on the ice as such. After further review, the officials ruled no goal. The 20-9 shot differential in favor of the Stars tells a different story than the goal totals in the opening frame.

Gavin Bayreuther pulled the Stars within one on his power play goal nearly five minutes into the second period. Erik Condra and Justin Dowling notched the helpers on the tally.

Goaltender Landon Bow turned in another strong outing with 29 saves. He was good enough to win on most nights and was the best player on the ice for the Stars. It was just one of those nights where the effort did not show up on the score sheet while the opposing goaltender stood on his head.

The Stars have a chance to get back on track with their road game on Saturday as they take on the Stockton Heat. The puck drops at 8:00 PM CST.

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Scarlett (season-ending ACL injury)
Payne, Gluchowski (scratch)

Tonight’s attendance was 3,064.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Jose - January 18 2019