The visiting Texas Stars won back-to-back games for the first time in two weeks as they defeated the Cleveland Monsters 4-1 in an afternoon contest on Friday.
A couple of individual scoring droughts fell as Denis Gurianov and Justin Dowling got on the board for the Stars. Gurianov scored just 1:13 into the second period to end a streak of 16 games without scoring a goal. Dowling utilized a power play to end his 14-game drought.
Goalkeeper Landon Bow earned the win for Texas (10-8-0-1) as he allowed one goal while making 28 saves. The Stars also killed off four of the five power play opportunities for Cleveland. Texas was 1-for-4 with the advantage.
Matiss Kivlenieks had a tough night in goal for the Monters (7-5-2-2) as he saved 25 of the 28 shots he faced.
After a scoreless first period, the Stars scored twice in the middle frame. Following Gurianov’s goal, Roope Hintz scored on a breakaway to notch his fifth goal of the year.
Early in the third period Dowling scored his first of the season on the power play.
The Monsters responded with a power play goal by Miles Koules, assisted by Dean Kukan and Andre Benoit.
Sheldon Dries ended the scoring with an empty-net goal with less than a minute to play.
The Stars will face Cleveland again on Saturday at 6 p.m. They’ll attempt to win three in a row for the first time since they started the season 3-0.