Stars Open Road Trip with 6-3 Loss to GriffinsNov 15, 2016
Stars Score Two Shorthanded Goals in Loss
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Texas Stars scored a pair of shorthanded goals but could not catch the Grand Rapids Griffins, who won their fourth straight game in a 6-3 final on Wednesday night at Van Andel Arena in front of 5,512 fans in attendance.
Bryce Van Brabant scored his first career Texas goal in the loss. Colin Campbell scored twice for the Griffins, and left the Stars still looking for their first win at Van Andel Arena since the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs when they eliminated Grand Rapids in the second round.
The Stars (7-6-1-0) and Griffins (9-4-0-0) meet again on Friday at 6 p.m. CST.
The Griffins opened up the scoring early in period one with a power play goal when Martin Frk’s point shot tipped off a Texas stick in front at 3:58. Matt Lorito extended the Grand Rapids lead at 8:42 with another deflection goal to make it 2-0, but Ethan Werek responded shorthanded for Texas with 2:45 to play. 24 seconds after Texas found the board however, Matt Ford made it a two-goal cushion again.
Travis Morin pulled Texas within one at 8:44 of the second with the second shorthanded tally of the night for the Stars. Morin’s fifth of the season came from the top of the slot to make it a 3-2 game, but Tyler Bertuzzi added another power play goal for Grand Rapids with just over seven minutes to play in the period.
Both teams traded goals late in the third with Campbell scoring his first of the night at 15:21. Van Brabant answered two minutes later from a tight angle before Campbell added an empty-netter.
Jared Coreau stopped 26 of 29 shots to earn his league-leading eighth win of the season. Max Lagace finished 21 of 23 for Texas after relieving Phil Desrosiers at the start of period two. Desrosiers was 14 of 17 in period one.
The Stars were held scoreless in their only power play chance while the Griffins went 2-for-7.
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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. Lorito (GR)
2. Ford (GR)
3. Bertuzzi (GR)
W - Coreau
L - Lagace
Photo Credit: Grand Rapids Griffins