Texas Emerges Victorious in First Shootout of the Season

(Credit: Ashley Potts, Colorado Eagles)

After a handful of overtime games on the season, Texas went to the shootout for the first time this season. Newcomer Jordan Kawaguchi and leading scorer Adam Mascherin were the goal scorers in the second and third rounds as Texas beat Colorado by a 2-1 margin on the final scoresheet. It was Texas's first win in the last five tries, breaking up their longest pointless streak since November 2019.

Colton Point got the start and stopped 30 of 31 through 65 minutes and two of three in the shootout.

Texas got on the board first in this one as Nick Baptiste found the scoreboard for the first time since losing his ten-game scoring streak. The forward tipped a shot from Riley Damiani in the sixth minute of the game to put themselves up by one.

The Eagles got a power play off a very infrequently called penalty just a few seconds later. Joseph Cecconi broke his stick and did not realize it quickly enough, getting called for illegal equipment as you cannot play with a broken stick. Sheldon Dries had a nifty move at the crease to send the puck between his legs to Kiefer Sherwood for the power play tally. Everything ended at a one-all tie after twenty minutes.

The game took on a sleepy feel almost through the ensuing few periods. Surely things were happening but it wasn't a lot of huge back-and-forth action. It was relatively light on penalties and meager on shots. The most excitement arguably came as Colorado appeared to have scored with 42 seconds left in the second. However, the goal was waved off as it was clear that Colton Point had the puck covered and the Eagles' Nick Henry slapped it out from under his blocker.

Texas took this one to OT and had three shots to Colorado's one in the extra frame. Jordan Kawaguchi went over the boards early in the period and had one of those three shots, a nice wrister from the slot. He again showed his penchant for shooting as he had five on the night to add to his eight from Tuesday.

There are still two more on the schedule for these two. Saturday and Sunday are the dates to circle on your calendar.

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Felhaber, Porco, Barteaux, Shea, Honka, Markison, Stranges, Sholl (scratch)

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Colorado - April 7 2021