|(Credit: Kevin Mistry)|
Seven goals from six different goal scorers help pace the Stars to a 7-2 victory in their first of four games in San Jose tonight. The game was over seemingly just as quickly as it started. Texas grabbed a stranglehold of the scoreboard in the first period and never relented.
Everything that had been going wrong turned around, it seemed. The power play, stuck in neutral since visiting Cleveland, scored three times on four chances. The 12-13-14 line had three goals among them, and Adam Mascherin returned to second place among all AHL goal scorers with 15 on the year.
Cole Schneider broke up a seven game scoreless drought with his goal. Anthony Louis broke up an eight game drought with his. Louis had a career night, pacing the club with 1-3=4, his best AHL performance ever and good for first star. Jake Slaker had his best night as a Star by far with three assists, also obviously a career high for the rookie.
The Barracuda would push back a bit in the second period with a pair of power play goals to open the frame. Perhaps the only blemish on the night for Texas was their penalty kill, which only halted one of three chances against them.
Adam Scheel took the start and the win, his first professional victory, stopping 30 of 32 shots against. Nick Baptiste, Josh Melnick and Riley Tufte were the other goal scorers in the contest.
These two teams do it again tomorrow night in a makeup game from February. Texas will be listed as the home team, but rest assured that the game is in California. It's an early start with a 7 PM puck drop.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Kawaguchi, Porco, Barteaux, Honka, L. Martin, M. Martin, Moutrey, Point (scratch)
Scherbak (face injury)