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Stars take early lead and hold on to defeat Bakersfield

The Texas Stars scored three times in the opening period and held on to defeat the Bakersfield Condors 4-3 in an American Hockey League contest Wednesday night at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.

Matt Mangene had two assists while Cole Ully scored a goal and assisted on another to power the Stars’ attack.

Ethan Werek gave the Stars (32-34-1-4) a 1-0 lead with the help of Brandon DeFazio’s 25th assist of the season.

Caleb Herbert doubled the Stars’ lead just 14 seconds later with the help of Ully and Mangene.

Austin Fyten made it 3-0 midway through the first period.

Nick Ellis was pulled from the net by the Condors after allowing three goals on just seven shots. Jonas Gustavsson fared much better, allowing one goal and making 14 saves.

The Condors (31-25-5-1) finally responded late in the opening period when Mark Fraser scored with just over a minute left.

Ully scored the final goal for the Stars at 5:50 into the second period.

Brodie Dupont made it 4-2 when he scored nearly four minutes after Ully.

The final goal of the game was scored by Joe Gambardella, a rookie making his professional debut for Bakersfield, but the Stars were able to hold on for the win.

Texas goaltender Justin Peters only needed to make 16 saves on the night to earn the win.

The Stars next travel to Charlotte to take on the Checkers for two games beginning Saturday at 5 p.m.

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