Stars Lose 4-3
OT loss still jumps Texas up a notch
By Eric Pickhartz,
5:05PM, Wed. Jan. 19, 2011
A little luck with the puck goes a long way, as the Stars fell in a nerve-racking loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins 4-3 in overtime Tuesday night. Click through to find out about the game, and what’s up next for Texas.
When the puck dropped to start the overtime period at the Cedar Park Center, Grand Rapids forward Jordan Owens had that look in his eye. He had just scored the tying goal nearly five minutes prior, and seemed destined to be involved in the outcome. His score 3:11 into the extra frame barely trickled into the net past Stars goalie Richard Bachman, a tough conclusion but not a terrible result. The Stars earned a point for the overtime loss, and are now tied for fourth place in the AHL's West Division with the San Antonio Rampage, who come to town Monday night.
The point puts them four away from first in the entire Western Conference, a place now held by Peoria, who won last night. Texas beat Peoria last Saturday night 3-1.
Power play goals by Brandon Segal and Mathieu Tousignant helped the effort Tuesday, but it was forward Jordie Benn's wrister from the blue line to tie the game at two that was the main highlight. His first career AHL goal was a nicely placed floater that beat Griffins net-minder Jordan Pearce, who made a series of great saves to keep Grand Rapids in the game late. Texas sent 42 shots his way, testing the reigning AHL Player of the Week as much as they could.
The Stars will head to Houston to play the Aeros, a Minnesota Wild affiliate, on Friday and return home to take on Milwaukee Saturday at 7pm. There's a four-pack promotion going on, always a good excuse to grab the family and head to the rink. Check the Stars website for more info.
Vs. Milwaukee: Sat., Jan. 22, 7pm. Vs. San Antonio: Mon., Jan. 24, 7:30pm. Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars edit, Cedar Park, 512/467-8277. $10-50.