For the first time the season, the Texas Stars fell to the Charlotte Checkers in regulation time 4-2. The teams have faced each other six times thus far this season, and the Stars’ only other loss came earlier this month in an overtime battle that ended with a video review of the final goal.
Texas opened scoring in the game with a strong wrist shot from Taylor Vause, who landed his third goal of the season just four minutes into the first period. Charlotte attempted to return the goal to tie up the game as the game headed to the first intermission, but Maxime Fortunus swiped the puck from the goal line after it slid under goalie Jack Campbell’s legs. Texas dominated in shots on goal in the first period, launching 17 at Checker’s goalie Rob Madore, and allowing only seven to reach Campbell.
Charlotte was able to return the goal just minutes into the second period with an unassisted goal by Riley Nash. The Checkers took their first lead of the game just over halfway through the second period with a goal by Brett Sutter. While the Stars continued to pelt Madore with shots, another 17 in the period, the Checkers goalie denied every attempt to score.
The Checkers continued to widen the goal gap in the third period with a wrist shot from Zach Boychuck, and another goal by Nash, putting Charlotte up 4-1. Vause squeaked another shot behind Madore with only 65 seconds remaining in the game, but it was too little too late.
In total, the Stars pelted Madore with 45 shots on goal, and allowed only 27 to reach Campbell.
Next on the schedule for the Stars is the Houston Aeros. The game kicks off tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. at the Toyota Center in Houston.