Travis Morin Gets First Head Coaching Victory as Stars Hold off Eagles 5-4

In their first trip to Colorado in team history, the Texas Stars held off the Eagles with a 5-4 victory. Rookie ATO signing Jerad Rosburg slotted into the lineup next to Gavin Bayreuther and pitched in with a goal and assisted on his partner's goal in the second period.

Assistant coach Travis Morin also made his debut as a head coach, filling in for Neil Graham who was out for the birth of his child.

The Eagles struck first on a tip shot from Colin Campbell nearly twelve minutes into the contest. The Stars responded on the ensuing shift as Oula Palve finished of a wrister from the right circle after some hard forechecking by Nick Caamano. Rosburg's goal came exactly one minute later from the high slot.

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The Stars got into some major penalty trouble in the early going of the middle frame and handled a couple of instances of 5-on-3. They would gain momentum from the special teams work as Bayreuther's goal came near the five minute marker, moments after they went to even strength. Jason Robertson set up Joel L'Esperance nicely on a back door power play goal two minutes later to give the Stars a 4-1 lead.

In the back half of the second period, the Eagles punched back with three goals within three minutes. Julien Nantel was the culprit on two of the tallies, both coming on loose puck situations, and Campbell had his second goal sandwiched in between. The game was tied at four at second intermission.

Rhett Gardner had the game winner less than two minutes into the third period. The Stars had to bear down and get some stellar play from Jake Oettinger during the duration as the Eagles outshot the Stars 15-2 in the frame.

The Stars have another one coming tomorrow in Colorado at 8:05 PM CDT.

Tonight's lines:



Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Felhaber, MacKay, Vala (scratch)
Mascherin, Louis (injury)

Tonight’s attendance was 4,712.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Colorado - March 10 2020