The Texas Stars’ two-game winning streak came to an end as they fell to the Grand Rapids Griffins 5-1 in an American Hockey League contest Saturday at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.
A night after defeating the Griffins 2-1, the Stars (7-7-0-1) couldn’t keep pace with the visiting team.
Matt Puempel scored two goals and Matt Lorito had two assists to lead the Griffins (7-7-0-1) to the win.
Travis Morin scored the lone goal for the Stars in the first period, giving Texas its only lead of the game. Morin leads Texas with 17 points on the season.
Jared Coreau made 31 saves on 32 shots to pick up the win in net.
Mike McKenna started in goal for the Stars but didn’t finish the game. He gave up four goals and made 20 saves. Landon Bow made 12 saves on 13 shots in relief.
After Morin’s goal, Puempel scored his first goal of the night nearly three minutes later. Axel Holmstrom gave Grand Rapids the lead 15:17 into the first period and the Griffins never looked back.
Puempel scored again nearly midway through the second frame to make it 3-1. Lorito assisted on both of Puempel’s goals.
Matthew Ford scored shorthanded with just 11 seconds remaining in the middle period.
Tangradi finished off the Stars with a goal 12:26 into the final period. Dominic Turgeon and Tyler Bertuzzi earned assists on the play.
The Griffins outshot Texas 37-32 and went 0-for-3 on power plays. The Stars didn’t fare better with the advantage, going 0-for-4.
The Stars next host San Antonio on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.