Robertson Stays Hot but Stars Sputter in 5-1 Loss to Griffins

It was the script one would reasonably expect for a team playing its third game--a matinee, mind you--in three days as the Texas Stars ran out of gas in a 5-1 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

(credit: Grand Rapids Griffins)

Jason Robertson stayed red hot for the Stars as he cashed in on the power play early in the second period to end scoreless play and collect his ninth goal in the past thirteen games. It was the only cause for celebration for Texas as the Griffins turned it on from there with five straight goals.

The Stars had the right plan out of the gate, and seemingly the energy to follow through, as they outshot the Griffins 17-2 in the opening frame. Griffins tender Pat Nagle was playing on a different plane that the Stars, however, keeping them from running away with it early.

The low fuel light turned to red after Robertson’s goal as Chris Terry immediately answered on the ensuing shift. Terry then set up Michael Rasmussen, who also finished with a goal and a helper, for a back door play seven minutes later to give the Griffins the lead.

Two more goals from Evgeny Svechnikov and Matt Puempel in the latter half of the second period forced head coach Neil Graham’s hand in replacing Landon Bow with Jake Oettinger. Bow had allowed four goals on only nine shots.

Oettinger’s only goal allowed came with just under three and a half minutes left in regulation as Brian Lashoff crashed the net and got a good bounce.

The Stars will end the weekend just outside of the playoff picture with the loss but still have one game in hand on the Griffins. They finish up the lengthy road trip with one more meeting in Milwaukee on Wednesday before an eight-game homestand.

Tonight's lines:



Injuries, scratches, and notes:
MacKay (scratch)
Mascherin, Caamano, Djuse (injury)

Tonight’s attendance was 6,806.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Grand Rapids - February 9 2020