Stars Fall in Stockton by 5-1 FinalOct 18, 2016
Fyten Scores in his Season Debut for Texas
STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Heat scored three goals in the opening eight minutes of the game and never looked back as the Texas Stars lost by a 5-1 final on Wednesday night in front of 2,620 fans at Stockton Arena.
It was the first loss of the season for the Stars (2-1-0-0) and the start of a three-game road trip on the West Coast. Phil Desrosiers made his season debut and stopped 22 of 24 shots in net for the Stars. Austin Fyten scored his first career Texas goal in his first appearance of the season.
Texas visits the Ontario Reign on Friday at 9 p.m. CST to continue their California swing.
Stockton (2-0-0-0) took early control of the game with three goals in the opening eight minutes of the contest. Morgan Klimchuk scored a breakaway goal 2:43 into the game, and Andrew Mangiapane added a power play goal less than four minutes later. Hunter Shinkaruk made it a 3-0 lead for the Heat at 7:41 and that ended the night for Texas starter Maxime Lagace.
Austin Fyten put Texas on the board early in the second for his first of the season, but the Heat answered back with a power play goal at 6:26 to make it a 4-1 score.
Garnet Hathaway tallied Stockton’s final goal midway through the third for the 5-1 final.
Lagace suffered the loss in net. Gillies finished with 29 saves in the win for Stockton.
Texas went 0-for-3 on the power play. Stockton was 2-for-5.
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. Shinkaruk (STK)
2. Klimchuk (STK)
3. Mangipane (STK)
W - Gillies
L - Lagace
Photo Credit: Asvitt Photography/Stockton Heat