AEROS PUSH PAST STARS 5-2Feb 25, 2012
Campbell Stops 24 Shots in his Goaltending Return
CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars and Rockford IceHogs traded goals all game long, but it was Rockford’s Pierre-Cedric Labrie who was the hero with the overtime-winner in a 4-3 final on Friday night at Cedar Park Center in front of 4,347 in attendance.
Texas erased deficits of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 in order to force the overtime period. Jamie Oleksiak knotted the tying goal for Texas with three minutes remaining in regulation. Greg Rallo and Scott Glennie also scored for the Stars (25-1712-1).
The Stars and IceHogs face off again Saturday night at 7 p.m. to continue Texas’ homestand.
The IceHogs opened up the scoring 8:39 into the first on a power play goal by Brandon Mashinter, stuffing home a loose puck in the goal crease.
Rallo knotted things up for the Stars just over two minutes into the second with a power play goal of his own, burying Derek Meech’s crossing feed from the corner for his team-leading 19th of the season. Mark McNeill made it a 2-1 lead for Rockford at 10:42, driving through the left circle and slipping the puck past Campbell – who was making his first start for Texas since Jan. 20, and took the loss in a 24-save performance.
With just under four minutes left in the second, Scott Glennie drove the net and found a rebound from Patrik Nemeth’s point shot to score his eighth of the year and tie the game again for Texas.
In the third, Rockford scored at 5:09 to regain the lead with a goal from Garrett Ross, but Travis Morin set up Oleksiak for the tying marker on a one-timer from the right circle.
Labrie’s game-winner was his eighth of the year, and came with 22 seconds left in the extra period.
Both teams exchanged power play goals as the Stars went 1-for-4 and the IceHogs finished 1-for-2.
Michael Leighton took the win in net for Rockford, stopping 22 shots.
1. Pierre-Cedric Labrie (RFD)
2. Greg Rallo (TEX)
3. Mark McNeill (RFD)Texas Travels to Abbotsford on Friday, March 2nd at 9:00 P.M.
Cedar Park, TX - The Texas Stars (24-27-2-2, 52 points) were defeated by the Houston Aeros (26-17-3-9, 64 points) 5-2 in front of 6,429 fans at the Cedar Park Center on Saturday night. Aeros center Chad Rau led the way, scoring one goal and setting up two others, helping his team end a four-game winless skid. Veteran forward Jeff Taffe also netted two goals, as Houston improved to 6-2-2-1 against Texas this season. Houston goalie Matt Hackett (17-13-4) stopped 21 of 23 shots as the Aeros moved to 17-10-0-3 on the road. Stars’ defenseman Jordie Benn registered two assists. Defenseman Brenden Dillon and right wing Colton Sceviour each scored for the Stars. Texas goalie Tyler Beskorowany (8-14-0) stopped 32 of 37 shots as the Stars fell to 14-9-2-1 at home. The Stars travel to Abbotsford to take on the Heat on Friday, March 2nd at 9:00 P.M.
The Aeros put up the first goal of the night with a shot from forward Jeff Taffe just 1:18 into the first period. Right wing Jon DiSalvatore and forward Chad Rau each added an assist for the 1-0 lead. The Stars evened the score, 1-1 as defenseman Brenden Dillon slapped the puck past Hackett at 8:39. Defenseman Jordie Benn assisted on Dillon’s third tally of the season.
Houston pushed out to a 2-1 lead early in the second period with a goal from defenseman Kyle Medvec at 2:47. Left wing Kris Foucault and center C.J. Stretch set up Medvec’s first goal of the year. The Aeros extended their lead, 3-1 at 7:37 as forward Jeff Taffe put in his second tally of the night. Forward Chad Rau helped on the play.
The Aeros struck again just 42 seconds into the third period as forward Chad Rau knocked a shot past Beskorowany. Forward Justin Fontaine and center David McIntyre each registered an assist for the 4-1 tally. Houston center David McIntyre slipped the puck past Beskororwany on a penalty shot at 9:22, giving the Aeros a 5-1 lead. Texas scored with 2:09 remaining in the final frame with a goal from right wing Colton Sceviour. Defenseman Jordie Benn and left wing Matt Fraser each supplied an assist for the 5-2 final.
The Stars travel to Abbotsford to take on the Heat on Friday, March 2nd at 9:00 p.m. Texas faces off against the Heat again on Sunday, March 4th at 3:00 p.m. before returning home. The Stars take on the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays’ game is an HEB Night, fans may bring any HEB store brand non-perishable food item to the box office and receive $5 off their ticket price. It is also a Winning Wednesday, if the Stars win, every fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to an upcoming home game.
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