Texas Stars struggles continue in 3-2 loss to Iowa Wild

On Friday the Texas Stars couldn’t generate enough quality chances against the Iowa Wild, and unfortunately for Texas the theme continued in a back-to-back for the 3-2 loss to Iowa on Saturday.

The following sentence might as well be its own HTML code, the Texas Stars surrendered a goal on the penalty kill.

The did so early due to Matej Stransky interference minor. Firsd-round pick Alex Tuch buried his chance sliding towards the crease, catching Justin Peters off guard for the lead just three minutes into the first period.

Texas fought back in the first. They nearly tripled Iowa in shots through the first, out-tallying the Wild 14 to 5.

Alex Stalock was a brick wall of leather and wits, unfortunately for Texas.

Texas dominated the second period with superior possession. They again doubled up their shot totals, but Stalock kept the gates closed with duct tape and tungston.

Meanwhile, former Texas captain Maxime Fortunas and Zack Mitchell took advantage of the five shots (yes, that was their total for the second) they managed to accrue through a whole 20 minutes.

Fortunas blasted a slapper from the point while Mitchell was wide open in the slot.

Texas, perhaps watching video of their win over Grand Rapids the other night, came out in the third period with purpose.

Even though they dominated in shots, they had to find the back of the net. Stransky got it started at even strength, strolling within the left circle to beat Stalock.

The Stars got a scare when Nick Seeler caught Gemel Smith right in the dome. Intent or not, it was brutal, and deserving of the match penalty.

With the ten minute power play, Texas couldn’t capitalize until Mike Reilly took a delay of game minor.

The ensuing man advantage allowed Brandon DeFazio to pick up his own rebound.

Texas couldn’t capitalize on their momentum, even with the man advantage in the waning minute of the game.

Special teams, whether the power play or penalty kill, continue to be this team’s achilles heel.

Texas returns to the ice on Monday at home against San Antonio at 7:30.

Texas Stars Line Up

Jason Dickinson – Travis Morin – Mark McNeil

Brandon DeFazio – Justin Dowling – Matej Stransky

Cole Ully – Gemel Smith – Ethan Werek

Denis Gurianov – Austin Fyten – Matt Mangene

Dillon Heatherington – Julius Honka

Andrew Bodnarchuk – Nick Ebert

Dustin Stevenson – Justin Hache

Justin Peters

Scratches: McMurtry, Bystrom, Hache, Herbert

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