16 November 2010

Wolves Suffer 8-2 Loss at Texas

Forwards Akim Aliu and Fredrik Pettersson lit the lamp for Chicago in the first period.

Chicago (6-10-1-0) opened scoring when Aliu drove the puck down the left side of the ice and backhanded a shot past Texas goaltender Richard Bachman, top shelf, 9:43 into the first period.

Texas (8-6-0-0) tied the score, 1-1, 14:31 into the first frame when forward Greg Rallo redirected a shot at the crease past Chicago goaltender Drew MacIntyre, stick side.

Chicago took the 2-1 lead with 2:27 remaining in the opening period when Pettersson took a pass from center Andre Deveaux in the paint to tap the puck past Bachman and over the goal line.

Bachman (3-2-0) blocked 26 shots for the Stars.

Texas left wing Francis Wathier shot on the power-play from the point through traffic tied the score, 2-2, 7:51 into the second period.

The Stars scored again on the power-play 39 seconds after, grabbing the 3-2 lead when center Travis Morin fired a shot from the slot past MacIntyre, glove side.

Left wing Luke Gazdic wrapped around the back of the goal and slid the puck past MacIntyre to double Texas’ lead 4-2, 12:36 into the second period.

The Stars made the score 5-2, 15:06 into the middle frame, with a power-play goal when right wing Tomas Vincour popped the puck in the net from the paint.

Center Mathieu Tousignant put home a rebound on the power-play 33 seconds later to extend the Stars lead to 6-2.

The Stars increased to a 7-2 lead, 17:38 into the second period with a power-play goal from Aaron Gagnon’s shot from behind the goal line into the empty net.

Vincour closed out scoring for Texas with 1:41 remaining in the game when he wrsited a shot past Wolves goaltender Peter Mannino who replaced MacIntyre after 40 minutes of play.

MacIntyre (0-3-0) posted 21 saves in 40 minutes of action while Mannino recorded five saves in 20 minutes of relief duty.

The Wolves wrap up their season-high eight-game road trip against the Houston Aeros at the Toyota Center on Wed., Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.

Chicago 2 0 0 -- 2
Texas 1 6 1 -- 8

First Period---1, Chicago, Aliu 2 (Kozek), 6:52; 2, Texas, Rallo 3 (Blindenbacher), 14:31; 3, Chicago, Pettersson 3 (Deveaux, Ross), 17:33. Penalties---Ludwig, Texas (high-sticking), 9:43; Pettersson, Chicago (high-sticking), 12:32; Brunnstrom, Texas (roughing), 14:19; Spang, Texas (high-sticking), 18:04.

Second Period---4, Texas, Wathier 6 (Fortunus, Lukowich), 7:51 pp; 5, Texas, Morin 5 (Brunnstrom), 8:30 pp; 6, Texas, Gazdic 1 (Spang, Morin), 12:36; 7, Texas, Vincour 1 (Larsen, Spang), 15:06 pp; 8, Texas, Tousignant 3 (Sawada, Spang), 15:49 pp; 9, Texas, Gagnon 3 (Sawada, Brunnstrom), 17:38 pp. Penalties---Aliu, Chicago (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 7:10; Tousignant, Texas (fighting), 7:10; Welch, Chicago (cross-checking), 7:17; Deveaux, Chicago (major-boarding), 14:08; Valabik, Chicago (roughing), 15:49.

Third Period---10, Texas, Vincour 2 (Roman, Brunnstrom), 18:19. Penalties---Fortunus, Texas (tripping), 2:03.

Shots on goal---Chicago: 12-8-8--28. Texas: 8-20-6--34. Power plays---Chicago: 0-4. Texas: 5-5. Goalies--Chicago, MacIntyre (21-28); Mannino (5-6). Texas, Bachman (26-28). A---4,699. Referee---Chris Ciamaga and Jon McIssac. Linesmen---Brad Duncan and Fred Hudy.