Late Push Falls Short for Stars in 3-2 Loss

Jan 21, 2017


Stars - 35
Wild - 42

Morin Scores Twice for Texas in Loss

DES MOINES -- ‚ÄčTravis Morin’s second goal of the game gave the Texas Stars a chance late, but the Iowa Wild held on for a 3-2 win on Saturday night in front of 12,547 fans in attendance at Wells Fargo Arena.

The Stars (20-16-1-2) and Wild (19-19-4-1) split their weekend pair of games. Morin’s two goals give him 149 in his AHL career. Landon Bow stopped 39 of 42 shots in net in the loss for the Stars. Steve Michalek earned the win for Iowa in a 33-save performance.

The Stars return home on Tuesday to host the Manitoba Moose at 7:30 p.m. CST.

Trailing 2-1 entering the third, Iowa made it a two-goal lead with a rebound goal by Mario Lucia at 13:42. The Stars pulled Bow for the extra attacker, and a comeback push, which led to Morin’s second goal of the night with just under three minutes to play. Brandon DeFazio created a rebound chance that the Stars captain batted out of the air for his 13th of the season.

The Stars took a late penalty to prevent an empty-net goal by the Wild, which eliminated their opportunity at finding the equalizer.

Marc Hagel’s deflection goal for Iowa midway through the first opened up the scoring on the night.

Travis Morin deflected Matt Mangene’s point shot 4:48 into period two to put Texas on board, but Alex Petan tipped a shot past Bow to give Iowa the one-goal advantage again, 2-1, entering the break.

Texas finished 0-for-2 on the power play. Iowa went 0-for-1. All three power play chances in the game came in the third period.

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   

Three Stars:
1. Hagel (IA)
2. Michalek (IA)
3. Olofsson (IA)
W - Michalek
L - Bow

Photo Credit: Ted Sandeen/Iowa Wild

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