Stars Fall Short to Heat, 5-3Nov 14, 2015
Troock Tallies a Goal and an Assist in the Texas Loss
CEDAR PARK, Texas -- The Texas Stars rallied back from a three-goal deficit, but a pair of third period goals was the difference for the Stockton Heat as they skated away with a 5-3 win on Saturday night in front of 4,350 at Cedar Park Center.
Brandon Troock finished with a goal and an assist for the Stars (8-4-0-1) and Stephen Johns tallied a pair of assists. Blair Riley was credited with the game-winning goal midway through the third after the Stars erased a 3-0 deficit in the game.
Texas hits the road Sunday for a 4 p.m. game against San Antonio.
The Heat (3-5-0-2) opened the scoring on a two-on-one, Garnet Hathaway goal with help from Jakub Nakladal and Markus Granlund at 4:50 of the first. Stockton then extended its lead to 2-0 on a scramble in front of the net as Austin Carroll stuffed the puck past Campbell with 10:38 to play, and Turner Elson added a short-handed goal with two minutes remaining for a three-goal Stockton lead.
The Stars went to work in the second on a comeback effort as Branden Troock hammered home his third goal of the season from the high slot with assists coming from Esa Lindell and Johns at 8:27. Gemel Smith seized his fourth goal of the year off his own rebound with help from Troock and Derek Hulak at 14:16, and the Stars began to turn the game around by outshooting Stockton, 15-6, in the middle frame.
Just over three minutes into the third, Johns flicked a pass directly in front of Cory Kane who lit the lamp on a breakaway to even the score, but Riley tipped in a Drew Shore shot with 5:06 to play to push the Heat back in front, 4-3.
Turner Elson added an empty-net goal in the game's final seconds.
Texas finished 0-for-9 on the power play. Stockton went 0-for-3.
Campbell stopped 29 of 33 shots in the loss. Poulin finished with 31 saves.
1. Blair Riley (STK)
2. Brandon Troock (TEX)
3. Gemel Smith (TEX)
W - Poulin
L - Campbell
Photo Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars