Cedar Park, TX – The Texas Stars (34-22-4-5, 77 points) were defeated by the Syracuse Crunch (22-33-3-4, 51 points) 3-1 on Monday at Cedar Park Center. Syracuse goalie Ray Emery (4-1-0) stopped 27 of 28 shots as the Stars fell to 18-10-3-3 at home this season. Crunch left wing John Mitchell had a goal and an assist as Syracuse scored its 11th road win of the year. Stars defenseman Brad Lukowich scored the team’s lone goal. Texas goalie Tyler Beskorowany (6-6-1) stopped three of six shots to suffer the loss. Richard Bachman (22-14-4) stopped all 13 shots faced in a relief effort. The Stars travel to Syracuse at 6:30 PM (ET) on Friday.
The Crunch took a 1-0 lead just 19 seconds into the first period with a goal by left wing John Mitchell. Mitchell went unassisted on the first goal of the game. Syracuse right wing Matt Kennedy extended the lead 2-0 as he found the back of the net on a penalty shot at 3:43.
Syracuse continued the scoring in the second period with a goal by right wing Brian McGrattan at 7:22. John Mitchell provided the assist for the 3-0 Crunch lead. Stars’ defenseman Brad Lukowich made it 3-1 with a power-play goal at 11:33. Forwards Colton Sceviour and Greg Rallo each helped on the first goal for Texas.
Texas begins a four-game road trip on Friday, March 11th at Syracuse at 6:30 PM (CT). Texas returns home to face the Houston Aeros on Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:30 PM. Fans may bring in any H-E-B store brand non-perishable food product to the game to receive $5 off your ticket price. Tuesday is also a 3-2-1 night. Fans can purchase $3 domestic 12 oz drafts, $2 regular sodas and $1 hot dogs.