Stars Fall Short in 4-3 Road Loss to ChicagoNov 29, 2016
Late Power Play Goal Dooms Stars to Open Road Trip
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Kenny Agostino’s power play goal late in the third period capped off a three-point night for the forward and locked up a 4-3 win for the Chicago Wolves over the Texas Stars on Friday evening at Allstate Arena.
Agostino’s late tally came with 5:02 remaining in regulation, and the Wolves’ defense held off a late push from Texas (10-7-1-1) in the final minute. Jason Dickinson tallied a goal and an assist for the Stars to give him six points in his last five games (2-4=6). Maxime Lagace suffered the loss in net stopping 20 of 24 shots.
The Stars open up a weekend road set against the Manitoba Moose on Saturday at 2 p.m. CST at the MTS Centre.
Dickinson opened up the scoring just 32 seconds into the contest from the slot for his third of the season, but the Wolves (9-9-1-1) answered back with three goals of their own. Brett Sterling snapped home a goal from the left circle at 6:49 to knot the score at 1-1. Brad Hunt buried a power-play goal from the point at 14:14, and Landon Ferraro finished off an odd-man rush with just over three minutes to play to push the Wolves in front 3-1.
Less than a minute after Ferraro’s goal, Brendan Ranford set up Matej Stransky in the slot to make it a 3-2 deficit for the Stars off a Chicago turnover.
The offense quieted down in period two as Denis Gurianov deflected Matt Mangene’s point shot midway through the frame for his third of the season and a tie hockey game once again before Agostino’s late strike.
Jordan Binnington earned his third win in his last four starts with 21 saves.
Texas went 0-for-3 on the power play. Chicago finished 2-for-5.
Rookie defenseman Brandon Anselmini made his AHL debut for Texas in the loss.
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. Agostino (CHI)
2. Hunt (CHI)
3. Dickinson (TEX)
W - Binnington
L - Lagace
Photo Credit: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves