Rockford Claims Midweek Opener in Texas

Mar 12, 2024

CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, were handed a 4-3 loss by the Rockford IceHogs on Tuesday night at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.


Rockford’s Rem Pitlick scored the game’s first goal at 18:37 of the opening period when he beat Matt Murray after catching a pass while he was alone in the slot from Brett Seney following a defensive breakdown.


The second period saw the Stars tie the game 1-1 at 4:57 when Curtis McKenzie tipped a shot from Derrick Pouliot past Jaxson Stauber. However, the IceHogs reclaimed the lead at 11:21 when Ryder Rolston had his shot from the slot glance off a Stars’ defender and in. Then at 15:06, Colton Dach deked to the front of the net and chipped the puck between Murray’s legs to make it 3-1.


In the third period, Jalen Luypen scored an empty-net goal from the neutral zone to make it 4-1 with 3:38 left in regulation. However, Texas fought back with Fredrik Karlstrom scoring shorthanded on a breakaway and 2:54 remaining before Oskar Back snuck the puck past Stauber to make it 4-3 with 17.2 seconds to spare. Rockford eventually hung on for a 4-3 victory to move into a tie with Texas for third place in the AHL’s Central Division at 59 points.


Stauber picked up the win in goal for the IceHogs to improve to 11-7-3 on the season after stopping 31 of the 34 shots sent his way. Murray fell to 13-12-2 in the loss after making 23 saves.


The Stars take on the IceHogs again on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. to close out the two-game midweek series at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.


Photo Credit: Andy Nietupski / Texas Stars


Game Info Shots Goaltenders 3 Stars (Ubeo Business Services)
Boxscore TEX: 34 W: Stauber (RFD) 1: Stauber (RFD)
Photo RFD: 27 L: Murray (TEX) 2: Rolston (RFD)
Video     3: McKenzie (TEX)
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