CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, held off the Coachella Valley Firebirds for a 3-1 victory Tuesday night at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.
Scott Reedy scored the game’s first goal for Texas when he picked up a drop pass from Curtis McKenzie and beat Christopher Gibson with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle 15:20 into the opening period. Despite trailing the Stars 1-0 after 20 minutes of action, the Firebirds carried a 14-7 shots advantage into the first intermission.
During a quiet middle stanza that saw no goals, Texas flipped the script and outshot Coachella Valley 16-7 to take a 23-21 lead in shots on goal.
Tye Kartye tied the game for Coachella Valley with 5:53 remaining in regulation when he found a way to beat Matt Murray with a one-timer from the right dot off a pass from Ryker Evans. Then with 4:22 left on the clock, Ryan Shea ripped a wrist shot from the left point that beat Gibson to give Texas a 2-1 lead. Reedy iced the game by potting an empty-net goal with 12.3 seconds remaining to cap a 3-1 victory for the Stars.
In his return to Cedar Park following a stint with Dallas in the NHL, Murray stood tall for Texas to improve to 15-9-5 after turning aside 32 of 33 shots. For the Firebirds, Gibson was handed the loss after surrendering a pair of goals on 32 shots.
The Stars play host to the Firebirds again Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in the two-game series finale at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.
Photo Credit: Andy Nietupski / Texas Stars