Texas Stars vs. Bakersfield Condors - Nov. 4, 2016Nov 4, 2016
Lagace Stops 34 Shots in Net for Texas
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The Texas Stars offense scored a trio of goals and Maxime Lagace did the rest with 34 saves in net to lock up a 3-1 road win over the Bakersfield Condors on Friday night at Rabobank Arena in front of 3,556 fans in attendance.
It was the fourth straight win for the Stars this season, and the seventh straight win over the Condors franchise dating back to Feb. 20, 2015, when the Oklahoma City Barons topped the Stars in overtime by a 3-2 final before relocating to California.
The Stars (6-3-1-0) close out their three-game road trip Saturday as they take on the Condors (3-4-0-0) for the second time in as many days at 8:00 p.m. CST.
Texas forward Ethan Werek opened up scoring during a delayed penalty call with a shot from the slot just over two minutes into the game to make it a 1-0 Stars lead. Mike McMurtry and Mattias Backman recorded the assists on the goal. With 1:25 remaining in the period, Austin Fyten muscled home the first shorthanded goal of the season for Texas off a second-chance play in front of the net.
Bakersfield forward Kris Newbury put the Condors on the board late in period two from the slot to make it a 2-1 score favoring Texas, but Matt Mangene’s second of the season midway through the third period pulled Texas away for good. Jason Dickinson tallied his second point in as many games with the helper on Mangene’s rebound goal in front.
Laurent Brossoit suffered the loss in net with 36 saves. Both teams went scoreless on the power play. Bakersfield was 0-for-4. Texas went 0-for-3.
Friday’s game was the 100th in Backman’s AHL career, and Matej Stransky saw his six-game point streak come to a close. He and Julius Honka hold the longest streaks so far this season for the Stars.
Weekday home games (Monday-Thursday) are H-E-B night with the Texas Stars where fans can donate a non-perishable item at the box office and save five dollars on their ticket purchase. Every Saturday is a Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night where the first Stars player to score wins free scratch-off tickets for a lucky row of seats at H-E-B Center. Fans can also enjoy Coke Zero Family Four-Packs every Saturday with four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks starting at just $16 per person.
The Texas Stars are the primary development affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, and are currently playing their eighth season at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Full season, 24-game, 12-game and six-game ticket packages for the 2016-17 campaign are on sale now. For more information, call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit TexasStars.com.
1. Lagace (TEX)
2. Newbury (BAK)
3. Mangene (TEX)
W - Lagace
L - Brossoit
Photo Credit: Mark Nessia/Bakersfield Condors