Texas Stars fall short in Iowa


Travis Morin scored two goals for Texas but the Stars couldn’t complete the comeback as they fell 3-2 to the Iowa Wild in an American Hockey League game Saturday night in Des Moines.

A day after the Stars defeated the Wild 3-2 in overtime, they came out on the wrong end this time around.

Both goaltenders had solid nights, each making over 30 saves. Steve Michalek stopped 33-of-35 shots while Stars rookie Landon Bow stopped 39 out of 42 shots.

Mario Lucia ended up scoring the winning goal 13:42 into the final period off assists from Jeff Hoggan and Gustav Olofsson. Olofsson assisted on two goals in the game.

Marc Hagel put the Wild (19-19-4-1) in the lead nearly midway through the first period. He finished with a goal and an assist.

The Stars (20-16-1-2) didn’t respond until the second period when Morin made his first goal of the game on assists by Matt Mangene and Ludwig Bystrom nearly five minutes into the frame.

Iowa retook the lead when Alex Petan got the puck past Bow with less than six minutes left in the middle frame.

After Lucia scored, Morin gave the Stars a chance to get back in the game when he scored with less than three minutes to play in regulation.

Morin has 149 goals in his AHL career.

Neither team was able to cash in on a power play. Texas went 0-for-2 while Iowa was 0-for-1.

Texas will return to the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Tuesday to take on the Manitoba Moose at 7:30 p.m.



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