Texas Stars ice (Photo: sweetsophonic/flickr)
A tough weekend beckoned for the Texas Stars as they played three games on successive nights. It turned out to be a relatively successful one as they managed to pick up three points.
On Friday night, the Stars welcomed the Toronto Marlies to Cedar Park. Despite playing the better hockey, the Stars trailed after the first period as Leo Komarov controversially gave Toronto the lead with a wrist shot. An entertaining and physical first frame came to an end with the Marlies leading 1-0.
The Stars applied a lot of pressure to Jussi Rynnas in the Marlies net to start the second but couldn’t manage to get on the scoreboard. Late in the second, a high-sticking penalty sent Nemeth to the bin for Texas and the Marlies capitalized. Komarov bagged his second of the night with a skilful one-timer on the power play to give Toronto a 2-0 lead.
Texas edged the third period shots but a goal from Ryan Hamilton with seven minutes to play sealed the points for the Marlies.
On Saturday, the Stars and the Lake Erie Monsters played out an epic encounter, which ended in a 5-4 loss for the Stars after penalty shots.
The first period was one of dominance for the Stars, as they out-shot their opponents by a massive 21 to 4 but somehow the period ended with the score at 1-1. A much closer second frame lead to score being tied at 2-2 and an exciting third period was nicely poised.
Two goals from each team in the final period, including a last second equaliser from Cody Eakin, sent the game into overtime with the score at 4-4. A goalless overtime meant penalty shots, which the Monsters comprehensively won 3-1.
The Stars carried the momentum from yesterday into today’s game against state rivals, the Houston Aeros. Cody Eakin maintained his impressive start to the 2012/13 campaign, as he bagged his sixth of the season with just over two minutes on the clock. Vincour doubled the visitor’s lead with a fierce wrist shot that flew into the top corner midway through the first. A Houston goal from Kris Foucault cut the Stars lead to one, but they soon got their two-goal lead back through Travis Morin. An entertaining first period ended with Texas leading 3-1.
Houston bagged the only goal in the second period through Jason Zucker to give the Aeros a chance going into the third frame.
An Antoine Roussel goal early in the third period sealed a very impressive road win for the Stars to finish a tough three game stretch.
The Stars currently sit bottom in their division but can hopefully take some momentum from the big win against the Aeros.
Some news was also released from the Texas camp last week and the Dallas Stars reassigned Austin Smith to Texas. He has been playing for the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL so far this season, where he recorded five points in six games. He will add some power to the Texas offense.
The Stars are back in action on Thursday as they take on San Antonio at Cedar Park.