Texas Can't Capitalize on Quick Start, Lose 6-4 in Grand Rapids

The Texas Stars lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday night, failing to hang onto to a third period lead that resulted in a 6-4 final score. Standing points were there for the taking as they came out with a 3-0 lead in the first period, but they have to settle for only one of six available so far on this four-game road trip.

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The game was headed for overtime, the score tied 4-4, but the linesman called Nick Caamano for goaltender interference in the closing minutes of the contest. It was a dubious call at best seeing that the video clearly shows Caamano getting knocked into the opposing goaltender. The Stars gave up the game winner on the ensuing penalty kill.

Rookie defenseman Emil Djuse played a strong game for the Stars, earning a goal and a helper. He was also trusted to run point on the first power play unit, and the Stars went 2-for-3 on the man advantage. Djuse’s goal came just over the two minute marker in the opening frame as he blasted one from the blue line.

Caamano made his mark on the score sheet in his second game back from injury when he set up Brad McClure for a power play goal with just over three minute left in the first period. Rhett Gardner scored on the rush less than twenty seconds later.

A Griffins goal from Dominic Turgeon within the final minute of the period was an appropriate foreshadowing of things to come. The Stars were really good in the first half of the game, but the Griffins would not go away and activated their talented forwards in waves.

Their second goal came less than one minute into the middle frame, but Jason Roberston would give the Stars another two-goal lead six minutes later on the power play. Tanner Kero left a perfect drop pass near the crease for Robertson to bury in a really pretty play.

The Stars would allow another goal near the twelve and a half minute marker in a loose puck situation. To make matters more difficult, they had to kill off 1:45 of 5-on-3 time and an additional minor penalty to close the period. The Griffins tied the game on a deflection five and a half minutes into the third period, and the rest is history. Chris Terry had the power play goal that won it on the tough call on Caamano, and the Griffins would polish it off with an empty netter.

The Stars finish this four-game road trip on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Admirals.

Tonight's lines:



Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Nyberg, Cugglieta, MacKay (scratch)
Melnick (injured)
Hanley (call-up)

Tonight’s attendance was 5,080.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Grand Rapids - October 26 2019