Stars Blow Out Moose in 6-1 WinMar 5, 2016
Gemel Smith Scores Twice for Texas
CEDAR PARK, Texas -- Gemel Smith scored twice and the Texas Stars offense recorded a six-goal outburst to top the Manitoba Moose by a 6-1 final on Saturday night in front of 5,452 fans at Cedar Park Center to close out a five-game homestand.
Smith finished with three points on the night. Cole Ully (one goal, one assist) and Remi Elie (two assists) each tallied two-point games for the Stars (34-20-5-3). It was the Stars third win over the Moose (18-31-4-5) in as many matchups this season. Jason Dickinson also scored to take over the team lead for Texas with 20 goals this season.
Texas hits the road for a two-game set against the Stockton Heat beginning Friday at 9:30 p.m. CST.
Leading 1-0 entering the second period, the Stars jumped out to a 3-0 lead to take control of the hockey game. Ully smacked a rebound past Manitoba’s Connor Hellebuyck at 5:17, and Mattias Backman buried a power play goal from the left circle at 7:38. Backman’s goal was the 100th point of his pro career dating back to his time playing in Europe. The Moose worked their way onto the scoresheet with a power play goal of their own at 15:05 from Scott Kosmachuk.
In the third, Smith tallied his first of the game by collecting a loose puck from Ully in front of the Stars bench, then snapping a wrist shot from the left side of the slot at 5:57 to finish off an odd-man rush and put the Stars up 4-1. Ludwig Bystrom’s point shot deflected off a Manitoba skate in front and set up Smith with a wide-open net on the left side of the crease at 9:59 for his second of the night and his 11th of the year. Cory Kane added a late rebound goal for Texas to finish off the scoring.
Dickinson opened up the Texas offense at 13:31 of the first after tipping in Curtis McKenzie’s centering pass from the right wing side. The assist extended McKenzie’s point streak to four games.
The Stars finished 1-for-2 on the power play while Manitoba went 1-for-4.
Lagace stopped 25 shots in his 17th victory of the year. Hellebuyck finished with 30 saves in the loss.
The Texas Stars are the primary development affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars and currently in their seventh season at Cedar Park Center. Full season, 24-game and 12-game ticket packages for the 2015-16 campaign are on sale now. For more information, call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit TexasStars.com.
1. Cole Ully (TEX)
2. Gemel Smith (TEX)
3. Remi Elie (TEX)
W - Lagace
L - Hellebuyck
Photo Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars