Texas Stars Can't Snap Road Skid, Fall to Tucson 6-3

The Texas Stars lost their fourth straight game on Monday in a 5-3 defeat to the Tucson Roadrunners. All four losses have come on the road, and that makes seven straight in their current skid away from Cedar Park.

The calvary came for the Stars in the form of a conditioning assignment to help them break the cycle. The assignment netted them Roope Hintz, Denis Gurianov, and Connor Carrick, giving them the means to ice perhaps the deepest lineup they’ve had since opening night. There was an expected scoring boost, but the results were just as vexing as the previous road losses.

MLK Day should generally connote a day of remembrance. It was anything but for Landon Bow. He finished with fourteen saves on only nineteen shots. Although he was the victim of a few too many odd-man rushes, one or two saves here or there would’ve made all the difference.

The start for Texas was positive as promising young blue liner Gavin Bayreuther scored just after three minutes into the first period. The early tally bucked the recent annoying road trend of the Stars having to chase the game from behind.

The Stars struck twice in the second period, but the Roadrunners gave an answer each time and tallied three goals of their own. The first goal they gave up came when the Roadrunners earned over a minute of 5-on-3 play nearly three minutes into the period. AHL All Star defenseman, and Tucson’s leading scorer, Kyle Capobianco blistered a one timer for the first of his two goals in the game.

The Stars responded to the tying goal about five minutes later when Nick Caamano set up Gurianov on a 2-on-1 rush. However, Tucson forward Michael Bunting clapped back in less than three minutes when he went short side on the rush. Bow did a poor job of sealing the post and should’ve made the save.

Michael Mersch got a stick on Ben Gleason’s offering from the point on the power play to restore the Texas lead near the fourteen minute marker. Just as before, the Roadrunners responded when they needed to, and Lane Pederson put back a rebound generated by Bunting within another three minute block to knot it up at three.

Things really went off the rails for the Stars in the third period. Tucson winger Hudson Fasching went bar down after forcing a neutral zone turnover that led to a breakaway less than two minutes into the final frame.

Capobianco’s second goal came on a 3-on-2 rush halfway through the period. The Stars took two ill-timed penalties during that part of the game, when they should’ve been pushing for some offense. Instead, they were left with no choice but to pull Bow with about four minutes left, leading to a goal from David Ullstrom.

The Stars stay in the desert and will play the Roadrunners again on Wednesday. The puck drops at 8:05 PM CST.

Tonight's lines:



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

Tonight’s attendance was 3,776.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Tucson - January 21 2019