Texas Stars Lose Fifth Straight, Complete Winless Road Trip with Loss in Tucson

(Credit: Tucson Roadrunners)
It was bad off the hop tonight for Texas, and it just never got any better. Turnovers and bad bounces were the death knell for the Stars, who dropped their fifth straight game. This one came by a 4-0 score. They close the road trip winless and on an eight game road losing streak overall. It was the first time Texas has been shutout all season.

Landon Bow got the start and only snagged three of the six shots he faced before getting the pull. It wasn't as much a pull for Bow's performance as it was for the rest of the team's. Tucson's Adin Hill collected the shutout.

Texas had a bad luck bounce early when a puck deflected past Bow off Justin Dowling's skate. Cam Dineen's third of the year made it 1-0. A pair of turnovers just over a minute apart set the score at 3-0. The third goal was particularly egregious as Texas evacuated the zone before they managed to clear the puck. It came back on them 2-on-1.

Philippe Desrosiers would take the net over at that point. Texas got out of the period without anymore damage. They put the lines in the blender to start the second, looking to spark something. The Stars had some good chances in the frame, including Travis Morin shot off the post around the halfway mark of the period and a late effort from Dowling and Gurianov halted by Adin Hill.

Any chance of a third period comeback was squelched by Texas's continued march to the penalty box. Three penalty kills in the first half of the period gave way to an empty net with more than four minutes left. Fasching would add an empty net goal to close the game at 4-0.

Texas returns home to face Stockton and San Diego this weekend before the All-Star Break.

Tonight's lines:



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

Tonight’s attendance was not announced at press time.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Tucson - January 23 2019