In the midst of a seven-game road trip, the Texas Stars have caught fire. They continued their winning ways, defeating Grand Rapids 5-2 on Wednesday night in Mich. for their fourth win in a row.
After a scoreless first period, the Stars (12-8-0-1) fell behind in the second before scoring five goals in the final 32 minutes of the game.
Curtis McKenzie scored a hat trick for Texas while Travis Morin scored and assisted on another goal. It was McKenzie’s second hat trick of the season and he leads Texas with 11 goals.
Landon Bow made 27 saves on 29 shots as the Texas defense came through with a solid performance. The Stars killed off six penalties as the Griffins (8-10-0-2) went 0-for-6 on the power play.
Texas was 1-for-3 on the power play, with McKenzie notching his second goal of the day at 17:25 in the middle frame.
Colin Campbell gave the Griffins a 1-0 lead before McKenzie struck twice in the second period. McKenzie tied the game at 12:16 into the period on assists from Justin Dowling and Brian Flynn.
Tyler Bertuzzi tied the game one last time just over a minute into the final period.
McKenzie completed his hat trick to give the Stars the lead for good at 7:45 into the period.
Max French added another goal before Morin finished off the scoring with less than five minutes to play.
Jared Coreau made 24 saves on 29 shots for the Griffins.
The Stars take on Grand Rapids again on Friday at 6 p.m.