Stars Sweep Manitoba Weekend in 5-1 WinJan 20, 2018
WINNIPEG - Four different players scored goals and Mike McKenna provided a 38-save performance in net as the Texas Stars swept their two-game weekend against the Manitoba Moose with a 5-1 win on Saturday in front of 5,245 in attendance at BellMTS Place.
Jason Dickinson tallied a pair of goals, including a shorthanded, empty-net marker to seal the win. Curtis McKenzie added a goal and an assist to increase his AHL lead with 21 goals this year, and McKenna earned earn his eighth win of the season.
Texas returns home to host the San Jose Barracuda on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. CST.
The Stars carried a 2-1 lead into the third as McKenna made 29 of his saves in the first forty minutes of play to keep Texas in front. Just over a minute into the frame, McKenzie provided a little breathing room by tipping home a power-play goal to make it a 3-1 score. With seven minutes to play in the game, Greg Rallo redirected Austin Fyten's centering pass while driving down the slot for his first goal of the season, and Dickinson added the empty-net tally late as the Moose opted for the extra attacker during a power play chance.
Jamie Phillips of the Moose suffered the loss stopping 27 of 31 shots in net. With the win, Texas jumped over the San Antonio Rampage to take sole possession of third place in the AHL's Pacific Division and finished their season-long, six-game road trip earning eight of 12 possible points.
Just like their Friday night win over the Moose, the Stars jumped out to an early 2-0 lead to take control in period one. Dickinson scored his 15th of the season from the right circle just 17 seconds into the contest, and Colin Markison buried a wrist shot from the slot eight minutes later for his fourth.
Manitoba responded late however on a Tucker Poolman goal to make it 2-1, Texas, entering the break.
The Stars finished 1-for-3 on the power play. Manitoba went 0-for-3.
Photo Credit: Manitoba Moose