Stars Fall Short to Tucson, 3-2Jan 14, 2017
Stars Close Out Road Trip Monday in San Antonio
TUCSON, Ariz. --
Texas Closes Out Road Trip Monday
TUCSON, Ariz. – For the second straight night the Texas Stars vastly outshot the Tucson Roadrunners but came up short in a 3-2 final at Tucson Arena in front of 4,825 fans in attendance on Saturday night.
Julius Honka and Matej Stransky scored for the Stars (17-15-1-2). Texas outshot the Roadrunners (18-9-4-0) 38-19 in the game after putting up 40 shots on net in Friday’s matchup. Tucson scored all three goals in period one before holding off Texas’ comeback efforts through the final 40 minutes of play.
The Stars wrap up their four-game road trip on Monday afternoon in an I-35 Rivalry matchup against the San Antonio Rampage at 3 p.m. CST.
Stefan Fournier on a breakaway at 5:14, Christian Fischer on the power play at 7:40 and Michael Bunting on an odd-man rush at 13:27 were the first period goal-scorers for Tucson to open up the 3-0 lead.
Honka’s goal was the only offense in period two on a wrist shot from the point. Honka’s fourth of the season snapped a 20-game drought for the Texas defenseman. Mattias Backman and Gemel Smith tallied the assists.
In the third, Stransky threw an innocent shot on net from the boards that slipped through Tucson netminder Adin Hill when he failed to get back in position quick enough to make a save. The Stars had a late power play opportunity in the third, but could not find the back of the net for the equalizer.
Hill earned the win with 36 saves in net. Landon Bow suffered the loss for Texas going 16 of 19.
Texas finished 0-for-4 on the power play. Tucson went 1-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. Fischer (TUC)
2. Hill (TUC)
3. Bodnarchuk (TEX)
W - Hill
L - Bow
Photo Credit: Tucson Roadrunners