|(Credit: Charlotte Checkers)|
Winless in their last three tries and without a victory since December 18th, the Texas Stars collected two points by the thinnest of margins in Charlotte. The 6-5 game was the lightest attended game the Stars are likely to play this season as North Carolina was buffeted by a winter storm and fewer than 500 souls braved the cold to take in the contest in the relative warmth of the Bojangles Coliseum.
It was a moral victory and an actual one after Texas had been outscored 8-3 yesterday and 17-8 since their COVID pause ended. Matt Jurusik collected the win in this one, his first victory for the Stars, halting 27 shots of 32 against him.
The Stars opened the scoring with Will Merchant's first AHL goal on the first shift of the afternoon. Curtis McKenzie followed up with a power play marker, and the Stars seemed to have the upper hand to start.
Charlotte pushed back hard with a pair of goals just 53 seconds apart and left the period with a 2-2 tie. The Checkers went a step further and set the score at 3-2 with a power play goal of their own in the second. Texas answered with a pair of Jeremy Gregoire tallies, his second and third of the year, to reclaim a one-goal lead.
The third saw Charlotte even the score again early, but Texas would not break so easily today. Joel L'Esperance and Ty Dellandrea scored in the ensuing three minutes to set the score at 6-4. Charlotte would find twine with just one second left to make the final 6-5.
Tonight's attendance was 449.