Stars Three-Goal First Period Not Enough in OntarioNov 1, 2018
ONTARIO, California – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, tallied three goals in the first period to take the early lead over the Ontario Reign on Thursday night. Ontario battled back to tie the game and eventually net two goals in the third period, earning a 5-3 win at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Adam Mascherin led the charge early with his second goal of the season, trickling a hard shot into the net just over a minute into the game. Ontario’s response was quick, as the Reign tallied two goals in under seven minutes to take the 2-1 advantage. Matt Luff and Sheldon Rempal who each tallied a pair of goals in the contest were the driving force behind the Reign’s offense in the game and each have six goals this season.
Texas would not go to the intermission without stirring the pot. Rookie defenseman Ben Gleason scored his second of the season after toe-dragging the puck around an Ontario defenseman and ripping the puck past Cal Petersen in net. The goal tied the game at two and was followed by a Stars power play less than three minutes later.
Colton Hargrove answered the bell with a one-timed goal from the right circle to make it 3-2 Texas. Joel Hanley tossed him the puck for a blast just 30 seconds before the end of the first period. Both of Hargrove’s tallies have come on special teams this season as the Stars finished the game 1-for-5 on the power play.
From there, Petersen was able to make 22 saves across the second and third periods. The sophomore netminder ended the game with 34 saves on the Stars while his offense responded. Matt Moulson net his third goal of the campaign 13 seconds into the second period, the only tally in the middle frame.
In the third period, Stars goaltender Landon Bow was met with 15 shots, giving the Stars backstop 31 saves in the outing. Rempal scored the Reign’s only power play goal of the game for the eventual game-winning tally at 14:34 while Luff tacked on an empty net goal to the score.
Texas will be back in action on Saturday night in Bakersfield, meeting the Condors in the final game of the weekend road-trip to California. The puck drops at 9 p.m. CT and is the first of two between Texas and Bakersfield this season.
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- Sheldon Rempal (ONT)
- Mike Amadio (ONT)
- Matt Luff (ONT)