Hulak’s Hat Trick Sparks Stars Offense in 8-2 WinNov 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.
1. Derek Hulak (TEX)
2. Travis Morin (TEX)
3. Jussi Rynnas (TEX)
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Photo Credit: Gregg Forwerck/Charlotte Checkers