Stars Run Out of Gas in 8-5 Loss to San JoseNov 12, 2016
DeFazio Scores Twice for Texas
CEDAR PARK, Texas -- The lead swung both ways and both teams combined for 13 goals on the night, but the Texas Stars came up short in an 8-5 loss to the San Jose Barracuda on Saturday night in front of 6,120 fans at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.
Five power play goals were scored in the offensive slugfest. Brandon DeFazio tallied a pair of goals for the Stars (7-5-1-0), who split their two-game weekend against the Barracuda (4-3-0-1). Texas forward Remi Elie finished with three assists in the game. San Jose was led by Dan O’Regan (1-3=4) and Tim Heed (2-1=3), who recorded multi-point games.
The Stars begin a four-game road trip on Wednesday against the Grand Rapids Griffins at 6 p.m. CST.
The Barracuda scored the final four goals of the game to overtake a 5-4 Texas lead entering the third. Julius Bergman at 9:38 and Timo Meier at 11:07 pushed the Barracuda in front. Heed and O’Regan each added empty-net goals in the final minute of play to cap off the scoring.
After a quiet first period where both teams traded power play goals, things took a wild turn in the second when the Stars and Barracuda scored seven combined times. Marcus Sorensen started things 1:24 into the frame to make it a 2-1, San Jose lead. Mike McMurtry responded for the Stars on a loose puck in the crease 34 seconds later to knot things up, but three minutes after that, Barclay Goodrow tallied his fourth goal of the weekend to put the Barracuda back in front, 3-2.
Later in the second, Brendan Ranford and Dustin Stevenson scored 38 seconds apart to give Texas a 4-3 lead, but Heed tallied his first at 8:19. DeFazio scored his second of the game, and fifth of the season, at 8:45 to wrap up the see-saw period. Four goals were scored in a 1:29 span during the second period before things slowed down.
The Stars finished 2-for-5 on the power play to snap a 0-for-11 drought over their last four games. San Jose was 3-for-9, and outshot Texas 41-30 in the game.
Troy Grosenick earned the win in relief with four third period saves. Phil Desrosiers suffered the loss, also in relief, stopping seven of nine.
Rourke Chartier for San Jose and DeFazio for Texas scored the first period goals. Texas’ Maxime Lagace (26 of 30) and San Jose’s Mantas Armalis (21 of 26) were each the starting goaltenders.
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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. Meier (SJ)
2. DeFazio (TEX)
3. Sorensen (SJ)
W - Grosenick
L - Desrosiers
Photo Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars