Texas Loses Franchise-Worst Tenth Straight with Lopsided 8-4 Defeat

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The last time out in Manitoba, Texas played a solid game but ended up with a less than ideal result. No such soothing words could be used to describe the debacle in Toronto this afternoon. The Marlies torched Texas in the second period, tallying six goals en route to an 8-4 victory over the visiting Stars.

The loss extends the franchise's worst ever losing streak to ten games, 0-9-0-1. It keeps them in last place in the league and makes them one of only two teams yet to achieve a double-digit point total.

Texas had a good first 23 minutes of the game, tying up the score at 2 on Michael Mersch's second of the night. It was a great place to be against the best team in the conference on the road and after ceding 22 shots against in the first. However, the dam did not hold for long.

Nicholas Baptiste scored a pair in rapid succession, the second shorthanded, to make it 4-2. Kenny Agostino scored another pair as well to complete his hat trick and make it 6-2. For good measure, the Marlies added two more to make it 8-2 after 40. Landon Bow got the pull after goal number seven, having stopped 21 of 28 shots against him. Bow had a single save in the second period and then allowed six straight goals on six straight shots.

The Stars would get two back in the third period, but the damage was clearly already done. To make matters worse, Texas must re-rack and face this same Marlies squad tomorrow afternoon as well. Puck drop is the same at 3 PM.

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Cuglietta, Vala (scratch)
Hanley, Caamano, Gardner (call-up)
Scarlett (lower body)

Tonight’s attendance was 6,772.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Toronto - November 16 2019