Riley Tufte's Career Night Helps Stars to 5-2 Win

(Credit: Rockford IceHogs)

The Stars find themselves on a point streak as tonight's 5-2 victory in Rockford now gives them points in three straight games. Riley Tufte and Rhett Gardner each collected a pair of goals, and Fredrik Karlstrom netted his sixth of the year and second in as many games. 

In net, Matt Jurusik seems to have earned the confidence of the coaching staff over Adam Scheel for the moment. The AHL-contracted tender earned the win with 32 saves and now has helped Texas earn a point in every game he's started.

Texas scored first and did not trail at any point in the game. The club had last accomplished such a feat on December 18th, their last game against Rockford and the final game before the team's COVID pause. 

Gardner's opening goal was answered on the power play by Michael Teply just three minutes later. Riley Tufte responded to regain a Texas lead that they would not relinquish. Gardner went again early in the second period to extend the lead to 3-1. Kale Howarth cut the lead to one for Texas to close the second period.

In the final frame, the Stars power play came alive. The club earned five opportunities on the night and Karlstrom was the one who struck paydirt off an assist from Tufte. It was a career night for Tufte, who also notched the empty netter to set the final score at 5-2. The Minnesota native collected his first professional three-point game with two goals and the assist. At 13 points on the year, he is two away from matching his best season in the AHL, 15 in 2019-20.

The Stars stay in town to match against Rockford again. A three day break will find them next in Chicago on Wednesday before returning home Friday for the first-ever home game against the Laval Rocket.

Tonight's attendance was 2,178.