CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, scored four goals in the second period on the way to a 4-2 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday night at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.
After the Stars and Griffins skated to a scoreless tie in the first period, Tim Gettinger buried the game’s first goal for Grand Rapids 47 seconds into the second period. Fourteen seconds later, Fredrik Karlstrom tapped a pass from Oskar Back behind Sebastian Cossa to tie the game, 1-1. Riley Damiani gave Texas its first lead of the night, 2-1, at 10:28 of the second period when he fired a loose puck in the slot past Cossa. Then at the 12:05 mark, Michael Karow scored his first goal of the season on a one-timer to make it 3-1 Stars. Logan Stankoven scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season with 12 seconds remaining in the middle period on a five-on-three power play to put Texas up 4-1.
Griffins’ forward Taro Hirose was the lone goal scorer in the final period. His power-play goal with 11:22 elapsed cut the Stars lead to 4-2, where it ultimately stood as the Stars added a fourth game to their point streak.
In goal for the Stars, Matt Murray improved to 4-2-1 on the campaign after making 26 saves on 28 shots. For the Griffins, Cossa came down with the loss and fell to 2-3-2 after surrendering four goals on 29 shots.
The Stars close out Hockey Fights Cancer Weekend on Saturday night with the two-game series finale against the Griffins at 7:00 p.m. at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.
Photo Credit: Andy Nietupski / Texas Stars