The Texas Stars opened the 2015-16 season in thrilling fashion, rallying for a 5-4 overtime victory over San Antonio at Cedar Park Center Saturday night.
Devin Shore scored on a breakaway 1:44 into overtime for the Stars, who overcame a 3-1 third-period deficit.
“What a third period for the kids, they battled their butts off,” Texas coach Derek Laxdal told media after the game. “When you have a huge change of players and an influx of young kids, it took some time to find the game. I thought we did a good job of battling back, and it was an exciting game for a home opener.”
Brendan Ranford and Radek Faksa both scored two goals in regulation for Texas. Ranford tallied twice in the first half of the third to wipe out a 3-1 San Antonio lead and Faksa put the Stars up 4-3 less than two minutes after Ranford tied it. San Antonio tied the game with 1:08 remaining with an extra attacker on the ice.
Shore, who started OT in the penalty box, took a long flip pass from Stephen Johns, broke in on net and slipped the puck by Rampage goaltender Calvin Pickard to give Texas the victory.
“It was one of those crazy nights,” said Johns, who was making his Texas Stars debut. “What a way to start the year. Couldn’t be more excited.”
*Defenseman Esa Lindell had two assists and a plus-four rating in Saturday’s game.
*Left wing Curtis McKenzie registered three assists in the win over San Antonio.
*John Muse got the start in goal Saturday and stopped 33 of 37 shots.
*Texas was 0-2 on the power play and 3-5 on the penalty kill in game one of the season.
*Texas has won six of seven season-openers in franchise history (6-1-0).
Here was the lineup the Texas Stars rolled out on opening night.
Jason Dickinson – Travis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Devin Shore – Justin Dowling – Remi Elie
Curtis McKenzie – Radek Faksa – Greg Rallo
Derek Hulak – Gemel Smith – Branden Troock
Esa Lindell – Stephen Johns
Mattias Backman – Julius Honka
Ludwig Bystrom – Brennan Evans
Scratched: Cole Ully, Matej Stransky, Cory Kane, Jesse Blacker, and Matt Mangene
*RW Brett Ritchie, who underwent wrist surgery in early September, is skating. He is not expected to be ready until December.
*G Jack Campbell is out with a hand injury. Last week, Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill said Campbell could be out 3-6 weeks.
The Stars hit the road this week, playing three games in Illinois.
Friday, October 16, at Chicago, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 17, at Rockford, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 18, at Rockford, 4:00 p.m.
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, opens the regular season this Friday. Dallas prospects currently with Idaho are goaltender Philippe Desrosiers and forwards Emil Molin and Taylor Peters.
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