CEDAR PARK, TX – Texas Stars forward Colton Sceviour scored his first goal of the year, but Grand Rapids defenseman Adam Almquist tallied two goals to lead the Griffins to a 4-1 victory Saturday night at Cedar Park Center.
Texas outshot the Griffins 15-7 in the opening frame, but found themselves trailing 2-1 after a penalty filled first period. Defenseman Adam Almquist put the Griffins up 1-0 when he beat Stars goaltender Jack Campbell with a wrister from the right wing at 3:08. Texas killed two Grand Rapids power plays to regain momentum and then evened the score at 1-1 on a Colton Sceviour breakaway goal at 13:48. Sceviour fired a wrist shot past the glove of Griffins netminder Petr Mrazek to tally his first goal of the year in his regular season debut for the Stars; Sceviour had suffered an injury during the Stars’ first preseason game. Grand Rapids retook control less than two minutes later as Joakim Andersson’s off-target shot redirected off the skate of a Texas defender and into the net.
Early in the middle period Almquist scored his second goal of the contest, on the power play, with a slap shot from the point at 2:43 to put Grand Rapids in front 3-1. The Stars had multiple chances to narrow the gap during two power play opportunities, but Mrazek remained solid between the pipes as he stopped all nine shots he faced during the session. Texas headed to the locker room trailing by two goals despite finishing the period with a 24-18 shots on goal advantage.
The third period started with a bang as Luke Gazdic sparked the Stars bench and the 5,904 fans in attendance when he exchanged blows with Griffins winger Triston Grant, the game’s only fight. However, Grand Rapids extinguished any hope for a Texas comeback when Gustav Nyquist capped off the scoring with a one-timer from Tomas Tatar at 16:00.
Grand Rapids goaltender Petr Mrazek earned his first win of the season, stopping 29-of-30 shots, while Texas starter Jack Campbell took the loss while making 23 saves on 27 shots. The Stars out-shot the Griffins 30-27 and went 0-for-7 on the power play, while Grand Rapids was 1-for-6 on the man-advantage.
The Texas Stars are back in action on Friday, November 9th for Stars & Stripes Military Appreciation Weekend presented by Sport Clips as they host the Toronto Marlies for a 7:30 pm face off at Cedar Park Center. 2012-13 Stars pro-rated full and partial season seat packages are on sale now. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com.
FINAL BOX SCORE
Grand Rapids Griffins 4 at Texas Stars 1 – Status: Final
Saturday, November 3, 2012 – Cedar Park Center
Grand Rapids 2 1 1 – 4
Texas 1 0 0 – 1
1st Period-1, Grand Rapids, Almquist 1 (Raedeke, Parkes), 3:08. 2, Texas, Sceviour 1 (Oleksiak, Morin), 13:48. 3, Grand Rapids, Andersson 2 (Tatar, Smith), 15:27. Penalties-Evans Gr (slashing), 1:00; Andersson Gr (tripping), 5:54; Wathier Tex (holding), 7:25; Roussel Tex (hooking), 9:33; Pare Gr (holding), 16:58.
2nd Period-4, Grand Rapids, Almquist 2 (Paetsch, Ferraro), 2:43 (PP). Penalties-Wathier Tex (slashing), 1:23; served by Pare Gr (bench minor – too many men), 6:47; Hoggan Gr (goaltender interference), 16:31; Sloan Tex (slashing), 18:43.
3rd Period-5, Grand Rapids, Nyquist 5 (Tatar, Evans), 16:00. Penalties-Grant Gr (fighting), 2:38; Gazdic Tex (fighting), 2:38; Sloan Tex (roughing), 4:27; Hoggan Gr (slashing), 10:02; Roussel Tex (roughing), 16:41; Ferraro Gr (holding), 18:08; Wathier Tex (misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:08.
Shots on Goal-Grand Rapids 7-11-9-27. Texas 15-9-6-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Grand Rapids 1 / 6; Texas 0 / 7.
Goalies-Grand Rapids, Mrazek 1-0-0 (30 shots-29 saves). Texas, Campbell 2-2-0 (27 shots-23 saves).
Referees-Brett Iverson (51), Trevor Hanson (47).
Linesmen-Brad Phillips (82), Carl Sasyn (12).