Alex Tuch had a hat trick for the Chicago Wolves, but six different members of the Texas Stars scored to give the home team a 6-5 season-opening win at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night.
Defenseman Brent Regner and center Sheldon Dries each had two points in the win for Texas. Regner assisted on two goals while Dries had a goal and an assist.
The Stars pounced early but had to hold on to take the win. Jason Dickinson gave the Stars a 1-0 lead before Tuch scored his first of the night to tie the game.
Texas scored twice more in the first period, one by Brian Flynn and the other by Roope Hintz, to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.
Tuch cut the lead to one goal before Dries scored to put Texas up 4-2 heading into the final period.
A power play goal early in the third period pulled the Wolves to within a goal once again, but the Stars responded with two goals in a row.
Colin Markison scored on an assist by Dries 8:31 into the final period. Remi Elie followed that up with a goal assisted by Curtis McKenzie just over a minute later.
Things got interesting after that. Tuch completed his hat trick under three minutes after Elie’s goal. Shea Theodore scored with just under six minutes left to play to pull the Wolves to within one goal.
Mike McKenna took the win despite allowing five goals, including three in the final period. He faced 12 shots in the frame.
Former Star Maxime Lagace was hit with the loss, allowing six goals to his former team.