Texas Stars win in shootout for fifth straight victory


The Texas Stars made if five wins in a row as they defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins 5-4 in a shootout Friday night in Grand Rapids, Mich.

After opening a seven-game road trip with a loss to San Antonio, the Stars (13-8-0-1) have won five straight with one game remaining on the road before returning home.

Roope Hintz scored the only goal in the shootout to give Texas the win while Mike McKenna stopped all three shots. For the game, McKenna stopped 27 of the 31 shots he faced.

The Griffins (8-10-0-2) once held a 3-1 lead, but the Stars scored three of the next four goals to force overtime and the shootout.

Matt Puempel scored in under a minute from the initial face off to give Grand Rapids a 1-0 lead.

Mark McNeill tied the game on a power play goal assisted by Denis Gurianov and Hintz.

Turner Elson and Tyler Bertuzzi each scored for Grand Rapids as the first period ended at 3-1 in favor of the Griffins.

In the second period Justin Dowling scored, but a goal by Matthew Ford put Grand Rapids up by two goals again.

Hintz scored at 4:27 into the third frame before Jason Dickinson tied it with just under six seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

Texas next travels to Rockford to take on the IceHogs on Saturday at 6 p.m.



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