Stars Shut Out AHL's Top Team in Manitoba, 4-0Jan 19, 2018
WINNIPEG - Curtis McKenzie and Roope Hintz provided the offense, and Landon Bow carried things to the finish line, as the Texas Stars shut out the AHL's top-ranked Manitoba Moose for a 4-0 win on Friday night at BellMTS Place.
McKenzie and Hintz each scored a pair of goals for the Stars, and Bow stopped all 27 shots he faced in net for the first shutout win of his AHL career. McKenzie finished with three points (2-1=3) and tallied the 200th point of his pro career.
The Stars (21-15-4-2) and the Moose (26-9-3-2) wrap up their weekend pair of games on Saturday at 7 p.m. CST.
Texas got off to a fast start with a pair of goals 90 seconds apart early in the first. Hintz knocked home a rebound goal at 7:09 for his 11th of the season to open up the scoring, and McKenzie followed things up on an odd-man rush with Justin Dowling.
Texas almost opened up a three-goal lead late in the first, but goaltender interference disallowed a third score with just over a minute remaining.
The offense quieted down until 18 seconds remained in period two. McKenzie set up Hintz in front again for the rookie forward's second goal of the night to make it 3-0 Stars. Earlier in the frame, Bow denied Manitoba's Chase De Leo on a shorted breakaway to keep the AHL's top-ranked offense off the board.
Just over three minutes into the third, Travis Morin increased his AHL-leading assist total to 33 after setting up McKenzie on the backdoor for a tap-in goal. From there, Bow shut the door on the Moose with 10 third-period saves.
Eric Comrie suffered the loss in net for the Moose with 29 saves.
Texas finished 1-for-7 on the power play. Manitoba went 0-for-3.
Photo Credit: Manitoba Moose