Gavin Bayreuther made his Texas Stars debut playing with Julius Honka, and scored his first goal as Texas Star in the third period to help lift Texas past the Cleveland Monsters for the 4-0 victory.
The first period was a familiar story from the Stars previous game against San Antonio. Netminders Justin Peters and Anton Forsberg kept the gates shut, and the pucks rebut.
For fans of both clubs (Dallas and Texas), the most interesting story was the play of Gavin Bayreuther. The newly acquired prospect from St. Lawrence University looked steady; displaying quick puck juggling skills, economic decision making, and slick skating that could keep up with Honka’s rocket boosters.
It was not a perfect pair. Honka seemed hesitant to defer to Bayreuther, resulting in a few misadventures, but at even strength and on the power play both defensemen flowed through all three zones.
Texas had the advantage in shots through the first, but nobody broke daylight.
The Stars were the first to get on the scoreboard. Halfway through the second, Caleb Herbert managed to chamber the puck near the slot with three Monsters surrounding him.
Justin Dowling followed it up for the 2-0 lead after picking up a rebound from a Nick Ebert shot.
Shockingly, no penalties were called for the entire second period. Texas made the most of their chances, but also created their own luck, doubling up Cleveland’s shot totals thanks in part to a blueline that was active, and the Travis Morin line.
Both teams saved all of their indignance for the final frame.
Cleveland and Texas exchanged 20 minutes worth of penalties in the third period, including a yard sale between Cole Ully and Zac Dalpe during a massive scrum.
Ully, perhaps feeling inspired, would net the lone assist in Austin Fyten’s goal at the halfway point.
None other than Bayreuther would tally the fourth goal on the power play in his debut as a Texas Star.
Bayreuther, as mentioned, looked adept in his first pro game. As the contest wore on, his quick feet and decision making looked every bit as advertised. The additions of Bayreuther as well as Dillon Heatherington have helped stabilize a blueline that has struggled recently. Quietly, Justin Peters managed his second shutout.
Texas finishes their Cleveland back to back Saturday at 6.
Texas Stars Line Up
Brandon DeFazio – Jason Dickinson – Denis Gurianov
Ethan Werek – Travis Morin – Matej Stransky
Matt Mangene – Justin Dowling – Mark McNeil
Coly Ully – Austin Fyten – Caleb Herbert
Gavin Bayreuther – Julius Honka
Dillon Heatherington – Nick Ebert
Andrew Bodnarchuk – Darren Dietz
Scratches: Bystrom, Smith, Hache, McMurtry, Stevenson