|(Credit: Chicago Wolves)
The road-weary Texas Stars could not overcome a late goal from Rocco Grimaldi off a turnover, falling 3-2 to the Wolves in Rosemont, Illinois, this evening, wrapping up their road trip with four of a possible six points.
Oskar Bäck appeared to have opened the scoring early in the first period as a harmless dump-in took a weird bounce and beat Keith Kinkaid, who had abandoned his cage to play it behind the net. The play was immediately waved off as the weird bounce came from the puck striking the linesman Ibrahim Arifi's skate. By rule, that's no goal.
The actual scoring got started a few minutes later as the fourth line broke in 3-on-1 with Nick Caamano dusting it off and beating Kinkaid clean for the 1-0 score. It was the only goal in the period despite a lopsided shot count in favor of the hometown Wolves by a margin of 14-4.
Chicago made good on that shot volume in the second with their first goal. Chris Terry dangled inside on Alex Petrovic and dished to Max Comtois for the score.
The fourth line for Texas again had the answer with Matthew Seminoff completing the play at the net of a paunchy rebound from Gavin White's point shot. His second of the year restored the one-goal lead for the visitors.
It wouldn't last long though as the Wolves' top line again found the net. This time it was Matt Donovan, who had a rebound kicked right to his stick. The period would end knotted at two all.
In the end, it was a turnover from Texas that did them in. The Stars won a faceoff back to Gavin White in their own zone. White attempted the routine pass to Derrick Pouliot, but Josh Melnick jumped the route and passed it to Rocco Grimaldi. Of course, he scored as he always does against Texas.
Chicago led 3-2 with eight minutes left in the third. Texas would try to even it up late with their net empty to no avail. The best chance was a Matej Blümel shot with 34 seconds remaining.
Texas will return home for a four-game homestand, starting this Friday and Saturday against Rockford.