ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - The Texas Stars may just be playing for pride at this point of the season but Sunday they played spoiler.
Colton Sceviour scored the winner and added an assist as the 15th-ranked club in the American Hockey League's Western Conference beat the Abbotsford Heat 4-1.
"There's always the hope we go on an absolute run here and make a push," said Sceviour.
"But we just want to play some good hockey. We're not a team that's going to fold and give up. A lot of these guys will be back next year so if we don't make (the playoffs this season) at least we're building toward something."
Sceviour scored on the power play at 4:57 of the third period and assisted on Francis Wathier's second-period goal. Luke Gazdic added two insurance goals for the Stars (25-28-4), who snapped a two-game losing streak, including Friday's 2-1 loss to the Heat.
"We played well Friday but we just happened to bury our chances tonight," said Sceviour. "We stuck to our game plan and (today) we didn't go down two goals like last game ? that always makes it easier to play."
Abbotsford (31-22-5) got a power-play goal from Clay Wilson as the Heat's two-game winning streak was snapped.
"We deserved exactly what we got," said Abbotsford head coach Troy Ward.
"We came out flat and did everything we didn't want to do," added Abbotsford winger Greg Nemisz. "We gave away two points."
Stars goaltender Tyler Beskorowany made 30 saves in the win, while Leland Irving stopped 32 shots in the loss.
Texas opened the scoring on their fourth power play of the game at 12:47 of the second. Brad Lukowich's point shot was deflected home by Wathier, giving him 13 goals on the campaign.
Abbotsford had its best chance of the second period with about two minutes remaining on a 3-on-2 but Beskorowany robbed Greg Nemisz of a goal with a gorgeous glove save to keep his club up by one.
The Heat finally solved Beskorowany 34 seconds into the third period on their third man advantage. Krys Kolanos threw a puck towards the front of the net and it was redirected by Wilson in the low slot for his 12th of the season.
Texas regained their lead at 4:57 with their second power-play goal. Sceviour took a cross-ice pass from Scott Glennie and one-timed it past Irving for his 15th of the year.
"I saw that one defenceman didn't have his stick so a lane popped up and Glennie hit me with the puck," said Sceviour. "I just tried to get it on net quickly before the defenceman came over."
That goal would hold up as the winner.
"We know they had a good power play and wanted to stay off it but we gave them too many chances," said Nemisz.
The Stars added some insurance after a turnover at centre ice. Angelo Esposito skated into the zone and took a shot on Irving. Gazdic jumped on the rebound and scored for his seventh of the year at 9:33.
Gazdic added his second of the game at 15:22, lifting a loose puck over Irving from in close.
Abbotsford hosts the Houston Aeros on Tuesday morning while Texas goes home to play the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday.