Morin's Big Night Leads Stars to 5-3 WinNov 10, 2016
Stars' Captain Tallies his 600th Pro Point with a Three-Point Night
CEDAR PARK, Texas -- Travis Morin tallied a three-point game in a milestone night, and Denis Gurianov buried his first career goal, to lead the Texas Stars to a 5-3 win over the San Jose Barracuda on Friday in front of 5,591 in attendance on night one of Military Appreciation Night at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.
Morin’s three points gave him 600 in his professional career with two goals and an assist. Barclay Goodrow finished with a hat trick for San Jose. Texas forward Ethan Werek extended his point streak to four games with an assist on Gurianov’s first career goal. Maxime Lagace stopped 29 of 32 shots in net for his fifth win of the season, and his fourth in five starts at home.
The Stars (7-4-1-0) and Barracuda (3-3-0-1) face off again Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at H-E-B Center.
It was a tightly contested game through the first two periods as Texas was holding to a 2-1 lead entering the third. Just 1:27 into the final period, Morin redirected Brendan Ranford’s centering pass for his first of the night and Gurianov buried the first of his career in front off a San Jose turnover less than a minute later to make it 4-1.
The offensive flurry continued midway through the third when Goodrow tallied his second and third goals of the night at 9:06 and 10:21. In between those, Morin wristed home his milestone point from the slot on an odd-man rush with Matej Stransky.
The Stars opened up the scoring with the only goal of the first period as Gurianov created a rebound chance for Mike McMurtry to tap in just under five minutes into the game. The Barracuda responded late in period two with Goodrow’s first of the night to knot the score.
With 30 seconds remaining in the second, Mattias Backman’s rebound goal from the left circle put Texas back in front.
In his first game since October 22nd, Ranford tallied three assists for the Stars. Stansky also finished with a pair of helpers for Texas, and San Jose’s Troy Grosenick suffered the loss in net with 21 saves.
San Jose finished 1-for-5 on the power play. Texas went 0-for-2.
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.
1. Morin (TEX)
2. Goodrow (SJ)
3. Gurianov (TEX)
W - Lagace
L - Grosenick
Photo Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars