Texas Stars fall to Grand Rapids, 4-1

The Texas Stars dropped their second straight game and fifth in the last six, falling 4-1 to the Grand Rapids Griffins at Cedar Park Center Saturday night.

Colton Sceviour scored the lone goal for Texas. Jack Campbell got the start in goal and stopped 23 of 27 shots for the Stars, who fell to 3-5-0-0 on the season.

“Throughout the game, whether it was penalties, times that we dominated or times that we were dominated, we were all over the place,” said Sceviour. “We need to sustain that level where we can control the game as much as we can. We didn’t do that enough tonight and the results showed from that.”

The Stars outshot the Griffins 15-7 in the first period, but found themselves trailing 2-1 heading into the first intermission. Adam Almquist staked Grand Rapids to a 1-0 lead, scoring off a wrist shot 3:08 into the game.

Sceviour, playing in his first game of the season after missing the first seven due to a hand injury, tied the game ten minutes later. After taking a pass from Jamie Oleksiak off the rush, Sceviour scored on a wrist shot at the 13:48 mark of the first.

Less than two minutes later, the Griffins grabbed the lead for good when Joakim Andersson scored off a scramble in front of the Texas net.

Almquist tallied on the power play early in the second and Gustav Nyquist scored late in the third period to round out the scoring in the game.

The Griffins got a big game from goaltender Petr Mrazek, who stopped 29 of 30 shots in his AHL debut.

Texas ended the game 0-7 on the power play, and has now scored just three times on 37 power play opportunities this season. The penalty kill, which came into the game as the lowest ranked in the league, was 5-6 Saturday night.

“We have to work on our specialty teams,” said Texas coach Willie Desjardins. “It’s been a theme since we started here. There’s nothing you can do but keep working at it.”

Notes

*Jamie Oleksiak’s assist in the game was his third of the season. He now has four points (one goal, three assists) in eight games this season.

*Forward Scott Glennie, who had been scratched in the first seven games, played in his first game of the season. He skated on the fourth line with Luke Gazdic and Antoine Roussel.

*Defenseman Cam Barker led Texas with seven shots on goal. Cody Eakin was next with six shots on goal.

*Texas was 0-7 on the power play Saturday night and is now 3-37 (8.1%) on the power play for the season.

*The Stars were 5-6 on the penalty kill in the game and are now 22-33 (66.7%) on the season.

Texas lineup

R. Smith-Eakin-Vincour
Fraser-Morin-Sceviour
Wathier-Petersen-Vause
Gazdic-Roussel-Glennie

Fortunus-Barker
Dillon-Jo. Benn
Sloan-Oleksiak

Campbell (starter)
Nilstorp (backup)

Scratches: Nemeth, Chiasson, Hedden

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