Stars Steamroll Moose with Big Second Period, 6-1Dec 2, 2016
Travis Morin Tallies his 400th Career Pro Assist
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Brandon DeFazio’s record-setting goal was the start of a four-goal second period that propelled the Texas Stars to a 6-1 road win over the Manitoba Moose on Saturday afternoon in front of 10,203 fans in attendance at the MTS Centre.
DeFazio, Denis Gurianov, Austin Fyten and Mike McMurtry all scored for Texas (11-7-1-1) in period two to open up the game. Maxime Lagace stopped 26 of 27 shots in net to earn his ninth win of the season, and Travis Morin recorded the 400th assist of his professional career as the Stars snapped the three-game win streak of the Moose (10-8-1-1).
The Stars and the Moose close out their two-game set on Sunday at 2 p.m. CST.
With Texas leading 1-0 entering period two, DeFazio’s goal came just 11 seconds into the middle frame to set a new franchise record for Texas, and break Morin’s previous mark of 13 seconds set back in 2013-14. 28 seconds after DeFazio’s goal, Gurianov found a loose puck in the slot for this fourth of the season and a 3-0 Texas lead.
McMurtry set up Fyten at 4:25 of the second on an odd-man rush, then buried a rebound of his own at 10:47 to give the Stars a 5-0 cushion en route to the big road win. The Stars have won each of their last five meetings with Manitoba over the past two seasons.
Matt Mangene began the scoring at 6:25 of the first with a power-play goal in the left circle from Morin and Matej Stransky.
Jason Dickinson scored a rebound goal early in the third for Texas, and Manitoba’s Julian Melchiori ended Lagace’s shutout bid with 57 seconds left in the game.
The Stars went 2-for-8 on the power play and held the Moose scoreless in their five opportunities.
Manitoba goaltender Eric Comrie was chased from the game after Fyten’s goal for Texas, and replaced by Ondrej Pavelec. Comrie went 14 of 18 in net. Pavelec was 13 of 15.
Saturday was the first time Texas scored six goals in a game since Oct. 14, when they beat the Charlotte Checkers on opening night, 6-2. Lagace made his 11th consecutive appearance for the Stars in net.
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.
W - Lagace
L - Comrie
Photo Credit: Jonathan Kozub/Manitoba Moose