Peters Stays Hot for Texas in 4-0 Shutout of MonstersMar 17, 2017
Stars - 31
Monsters - 24
Bayreuther Scores for Texas in his Pro Debut
CLEVELAND -- Rookie Gavin Bayreuther scored in his first career game, Justin Dowling tallied a milestone goal and Justin Peters stopped 24 shots in net to record his first shutout for the Texas Stars in a 4-0, St. Patrick's Day win over the Cleveland Monsters in front of 10,215 in attendance at Quicken Loans Arena.
Caleb Herbert also scored for Texas, and the Stars snapped a four-game winless skid in the win (0-2-0-2). Cole Ully and Julius Honka each registered a pair of assists for the Stars.
Texas (28-29-1-4) and Cleveland (27-27-3-4) wrap up their season series Saturday at 6 p.m. CST.
After a scoreless first period, Herbert provided all the offense Peters would need on a quick wrist shot from the right circle at 10:15 to beat Cleveland's Anton Forsberg and open up the 1-0 score. Five minutes later, Dowling deflected Nick Ebert's point shot for his eighth of the season and the 71st of his Texas career to pass Matt Fraser for fourth in team history.
Carrying their 2-0 lead into the third, Austin Fyten found the back of the net for Texas midway through the frame off a faceoff for his first goal since Dec. 3 against Manitoba. With 5:08 to play in the game and Texas on the power play, Bayreuther snapped home his first career goal off Travis Morin's crossing feed from the right circle to cap the scoring for Texas.
Peters' shutout came in his return to Cleveland after suffering a Calder Cup Final loss to the Monsters last year as a member of the Hershey Bears. The Stars' veteran netminder has given just five goals over his last four games.
Forsberg finished with 27 saves in the loss.
Texas finished 1-for-4 on the power play. Cleveland finished 0-for-3.
1. Herbert (TEX)
2. Peters (TEX)
3. Ully (TEX)
W - Peters
L - Forsberg
Photo Credit: Jason Saraya/Cleveland Monsters