The Texas Stars went out on the road to Chicago then to St. Louis to face both the Wolves and Rivermen. They saw their win streak snap at six games as they lost 4-1 to the Chicago Wolves. Then on Friday night they came out and dominated the Wolves and won 6-4. On Saturday night, they dominated the Peoria Rivermen on the scoreboard as they won 8-4. The Stars are 22-12-3-2 for 49 points on the season, and sitting in 2nd in the south division and 4th in the Western Conference Finals.
After Saturday’s game, they travel to Rockford to face the Rockford Ice Hogs on Monday before they have a home at home series with the San Antonio Rampage on Friday and Saturday before the AHL All Star break.
Texas Stars vs. Chicago Wolves: 4-1 lost
The Texas Stars lost 4-1 against the Chicago Wolves, snapping their win streak at six games as they were shorthanded. After a scoreless first period, the Wolves took a lead with a goal by Brett Sterling at the 6:11 of the second period. Then Sterling doubles his tally three minutes into the third period. Stefan Schneider made it 3-0 Wolves at the 12:32 mark. Then Matt Fraser scored at the 18:02 mark to make it 3-1 Wolves. Michael Davies sealed the deal for the Wolves as he made it 4-1 at the 19:18 mark in the 3rd period.
Texas Stars vs. Chicago Wolves: 6-4 Win
The Texas Stars bounce back on Friday night as they won 6-4 and their 23rd game of the season. They had a better dominating game than they did on Wednesday night and had some help in the lineup as Jamie Oleksiak came back into the lineup. In the first period, the Stars took a 2-0 lead with 12 seconds apart from goals by Alex Chiasson and Austin Smith who scored his first AHL goal. Then Alex Chiasson with a beautiful move made it 3-0, his second at the 10:32 mark. Then Toby Petersen scored to make it 4-0 at the 13:57 mark as Matt Climie went to the bench after letting 4 goals in.
Andrew Gordon scored to make it 4-1 Texas Stars lead as he scored on the power play at the 15:23 mark. Chicago made it 4-2 Texas Stars as Michael Davies tip in the goal passed Jack Campbell at the 1:21 mark in the second period. Then at the 12:41 mark, Mike Hedden got a gritty goal that made it 5-2 Texas Stars on the power play. A backhanded goal by Darren Haydar made it 5-3 Texas Stars at the 16:52 mark. In the third period, Taylor Vause scored a wraparound goal to make it 6-3 Texas Stars at the 3:06 mark. Jack Campbell stepped up when the Stars were running around in their own end as he made a big save to stave off a Wolves rush in the third period. Then the Wolves made it 6-4 with a tip in-goal by Darren Haydar, his second of the game at the 9:34 mark in the third period.
Texas Stars vs. Peoria Rivermen: 8-4 win
The Texas Stars went into the Carver Arena looking to win their second game in a row against the Peoria Rivermen. They did as they dominated the Peoria Rivermen, 8-4. In the first period at the 12:12 mark, Peoria Rivermen went up 1-0 over the Texas Stars as Andrew Murray scored a rebound goal as it beat Richard Bachman to the right post. Peoria Rivermen went from 1-0 to 2-0 with a goal by Evgeny Grachev at the right circle from a wrist shot at the 17:19 mark. Then 10 seconds later at the 17:29 mark, Austin Smith responded back as he snuck one past Mike McKenna. Texas Stars tied the game at the 3:49 mark as Alex Chiasson scored his 11th goal of the season on the power play. Then the Stars took a 3-2 lead as Matt Fraser scored on the power play, ripping it past McKenna at the 6:49 mark. A rebound from a Jamie Oleksiak shot went off the pads of McKenna and the puck went in off Joey Martin with a kicking motion but the referee said no. Rivermen tied the game at 3-3 as Chris Porter knocked the rebound goal, his 2nd goal of the season, passed Bachman at the 10:07 mark.
As the Rivermen gave the puck up, Tomas Vincour skated away with the puck on the breakaway as he scored a shorthanded goal that made it 4-3 at the 16:04 mark. 53 seconds into the third period Justin Dowling scored his first goal as the Stars made it 5-3. Then Toby Petersen made it 6-3 early in the third as McKenna went to the bench at the 2:16 mark. The Texas Stars scored once again. This time on the power play that made it 7-3 off as Maxime Fortunus scored at the 4:31 mark. Then Tomas Vincour scored his own rebound goal and 2nd goal of the game that made it 8-3 at the 9:58 mark. The Rivermen scored to make it 8-4 off of the crossbar over Bachman’s head as Anthony Nigro was the goal scorer at the 13:51 mark.