Texas Stars Come Up Short in Rockford, Lose 4-2 to IceHogs

On the front end of a 3-in-3 in Illinois, the Texas Stars couldn’t pick up any points in a 4-2 loss to the Rockford IceHogs.

Less than five minutes into the contest, the Stars were chasing the game as John Quenneville feathered a prayer through traffic from the point that Landon Bow never saw. Bow finished the game with 23 saves on 26 shots.

(credit: Rockford IceHogs)

Texas wasn’t necessarily listless on offense. They fired 35 shots on Rockford netminder Collin Delia but only found twine once twelve and a half minutes into the first period, a game-tying goal from Josh Melnick on the rush. Michael Mersch made the perfect pass to spring the play and collect the helper.

Joel L’Esperance also collected his twelfth goal of the year during 6-on-5 late in the game when the Stars made a desperate push.

The Stars could have generated more in the offensive zone if not for some untimely penalties throughout the game, five total. Rockford capitalized on their first chance on the man advantage five minutes after Melnick’s goal as Phillip Kurashev scored from the left circle.

Five minutes into the middle frame saw Lucas Carlsson score again from the left circle, this time during even strength play. The two goal deficit was too much for the Stars to overcome as they struggled to stay out of the penalty box.

The penalty kill held up well for the remainder of regulation, but the Stars couldn’t get anything going on their three chances on the power play.

They emptied their net with just under four minutes of play, and L’Esperance picked up his goal during 6-on-5 to make the IceHogs sweat. They responded with an empty net goal to restore the two goal lead.

The Stars are right back at it tomorrow night in Rosemont against the Chicago Wolves.

Tonight's lines:



Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Nyberg, McClure, Cecconi, Mascherin (scratch)
Kero (injury)

Tonight’s attendance was 3,039.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Rockford - December 20 2019