Stars Fall in Morning Game against WolvesOct 23, 2019
ROSEMONT, Illinois – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, fell to the Chicago Wolves 3-2 in a morning game at Allstate Arena. The Stars loss halted a three-game win streak and began a four-game road trip against the Central Division.
The Stars were the first team on the board in the game as second-year forward Joel L’Esperance found the back of the net in the first four minutes. The center battled toward the front of the net and gathered a loose puck at the hashmarks before firing it over the shoulder of goaltender Garret Sparks.
Chicago’s answer came quick as they evened the score less than two minutes later. Lucas Elvenes continued his early dominance this year, setting up Gage Quinney for a backhanded shot on the right side of the crease. The chance slipped by Landon Bow to even the game. Patrick Brown then followed up the effort with a goal at 10:21, wrapping a shot into the net after a shot went wide of the net and off the end boards. Quinney completed the trifecta six minutes later, scoring his second of the game. Lucas Elvenes earned his second assist by earning a turnover at the blue line and feeding Tye McGinn who set up Quinney in the high slot.
After the break, the Stars quickly cut the lead to one goal as Rhett Gardner scored his first of the season. The Stars broke over the offensive line but a deflected puck bounced up in the air at the top of the zone. Gardner walked into the zone late and hammered in a slap shot that was deflected over the shoulder of Sparks to pull within one goal.
The Stars continued to funnel pucks toward the net, finishing their early game with 41 shots to Chicago’s 24 shots. Texas also earned just one chance on the power play in the game, lasting only 19 seconds while also holding Chicago’s power play at bay in three opportunities.
Texas pushed forward in the final moments of the game but were unable to tie it even with an extra attacker. Bow finished the game with 21 stops compared to Sparks’ season-high 39 saves.
The Texas Stars continue their road trip with a trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday night. They face the Admirals at 7 p.m. and then travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan for their third game of the season against the Griffins on Saturday night.
Photo Credit: Chicago Wolves
|Game Info||Shots||Goaltenders||3 Stars (Xerox Business Solutions Southwest)|
|Boxscore||TEX: 41||W: Garret Sparks (CHI)||1: Gage Quinney (CHI)|
|Photo||CHI: 24||L: Landon Bow (TEX)||2: Garrett Sparks (CHI)|
|Video||3: Lucas Elvenes (CHI)|