Stars Edge Wolves, 6-5Oct 6, 2017
CEDAR PARK, Texas - Six different players scored for the Texas Stars offense, but it was the defense that had to hold on in the final minutes to secure a 6-5 win over the visiting Chicago Wolves on Friday night at H-E-B Center.
After the Stars opened up a 6-3 lead in the third, Chicago marched back to close the gap to one. On the penalty kill and with the goaltender pulled, the Wolves final push in the closing minute of regulation was shut down by Mike McKenna, who finished with 27 saves on the night.
Sheldon Dries tallied the first goal of his pro career for the Stars (1-0-0-0). Colin Markison, Brian Flynn and Roope Hintz also scored in their Texas debuts. Alex Tuch registered a hat trick for the Wolves (0-1-0-0) in the losing effort.
Teemu Pulkkinen scored for Chicago 2:40 into the third to make it a 4-3 game favoring Texas. Markison at 8:31 and Remi Elie at 9:42 reponsponded to open the Texas lead to three, but Tuch and Shea Theodore answered back for the Wolves to set up the frantic finish.
Jason Dickinson began the scoring at 8:24 of the first to make it 1-0, Texas. Moments later, Tuch delfected a Theodore point shot on the power play to knot things up for the Wolves. Denis Gurianov and Justin Dowling forced a turnover on the forechek and set up Flynn in the slot for his first of the season. Hintz made it a 3-1 lead for Texas on an individual effort where he streaked past a Chicago defender wide before backhanding a shot past former Star, Max Lagace.
Tuch added his second goal midway through the middle period. Dries first career goal came on a one-time from the right circle in the second to make it 4-2 Texas.
Chicago finished 2-for-2 on the power play. Texas was 0-for-2.
Lagace finished 22 of 28 in the loss.