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Hulak’s Hat Trick Sparks Stars Offense in 8-2 Win

Nov 8, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Derek Hulak’s first career hat-trick sparked the Texas Stars offense in an 8-2 road win over the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday night at Time Warner Cable Arena in front of 7,656 fans.

Hulak scored the opening goal of the contest at 6:22 of the first period as part of a five-goal barrage by the Stars in the opening frame.  The second-year forward added two more in the second.  He and defenseman John Klingberg (one goal, two assists) each finished with three-point games to lead all skaters.

The Stars (6-2-2-0) and Checkers (3-7-0-0) hook up again on Monday night at 5 p.m. CST.

Six different players for the Stars recorded multi-point games, and five different players scored in the first.  Justin Dowling added his third of the season from the right circle at 6:58.  Klingberg then struck at 8:39 to maintain his pace among the AHL’s rookie scoring leaders.  Radek Faksa’s slap shot at 10:01 chased Charlotte’s starting goaltender Drew MacIntyre from the game.  Brendan Ranford closed out the first period offense with 7:28 remaining on his third of the season.

Jussi Rynnas earned his second straight win, and fourth overall, with a 30-save performance in the Texas net.  John Muse came into replace MacIntyre, who took the loss, midway through the first and finished going 22-of-26.

Charlotte found the scoreboard at 12:30 of the second courtesy of Jared Staal in between Hulak’s second and third goals of the night, both power play strikes that came seven minutes apart at 11:27 and 18:27 of the period.

With the win, Texas maintains their hold on first place in the AHL’s West Division.  The Stars finished 2-for-4 on the power play.  The Checkers went 0-for-3 on the night.

Texas’ Scott Glennie and Charlotte’s AJ Jenks each scored their first goals of the season in the third period.

Three Stars:
1.  Derek Hulak (TEX)
2.  Travis Morin (TEX)
3.  Jussi Rynnas (TEX)

The Texas Stars entered the 2014-15 season as the AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions.  Single-game tickets and season ticket packages for the 2014-15 campaign are on sale now.  For more information, call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit TexasStarsHockey.com.

Photo Credit:  Gregg Forwerck/Charlotte Checkers

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