Texas Stars overcome 3-0 deficit, defeat Rockford 5-4

The Texas Stars got off to a rocky start in Rockford Tuesday night, but were able to overcome a 3-0 deficit and rally for a 5-4 victory over the IceHogs.

It was the third straight road win for the Stars, who were playing their second game of a stretch that will see them play six straight on the road.

The Stars have won five of their seven last games (5-1-1-0) and have points in seven of their last eight games (5-1-1-1).

The Stars moved to 8-7-1-1 on the season, pushing them over the .500 points percentage mark for the first time in more than a month.

The Stars got goals from five different players, and the power play cashed in on all three of its opportunities. Jack Campbell, making his first start since November 10, stopped 33 of 37 shots to improve to 4-2-1 on the season.

The Stars found themselves in a hole early as Rockford rattled off three goals in the first 4:37 of the game.

Jimmy Hayes scored off a rebound 1:52 into the game, Marcus Kruger scored on a backdoor play with the IceHogs on the power play at the 3:32 mark and Hayes scored again at 4:37 of the first to put the IceHogs up 3-0 before Texas had even put a shot on goal.

The Stars cut the lead to 3-1 by cashing in on their only power play of the period. Antoine Roussel scored off a scramble in front of the net at 10:36 of the first.

Alex Chiasson tipped in a Jordie Benn shot with 5:01 left in the first, and the Stars were within a goal.

Campbell came up big late in the period, making a sharp save on Brandon Pirri with Rockford on the power play to keep it a 3-2 game heading into the first intermission.

The Stars drew even with their second power play goal of the game at 6:03 of the second. Benn scored off a blast from the point to make it a 3-3 game.

The Stars took the lead with 5:03 left in the second when Reilly Smith scored his first professional goal. Smith drove the net and lifted the puck past Rockford goaltender Alec Richards.

But the IceHogs bounced back to tie before the second intermission. With the IceHogs on the power play, Andrew Shaw tipped home an Adam Clendening shot to knot the game at 4-4.

The Stars took the lead for good midway through the third with their third power play goal of the night. Colton Sceviour scored from the slot at the 9:02 mark to give the Stars a 5-4 lead.

The Texas penalty kill came up big late, killing off a 4:00 Rockford power play after Matt Fraser received a double minor for high sticking.

Campbell made a big pad save in the final minute to keep it a 5-4 game with Rockford’s goalie out of the net and an extra attacker on the ice.

Notes

*Rockford outshot the Stars 37-19 in the game.

*Excluding goals awarded for shootout wins, Texas has scored four goals or more in five of its last eight games.

*Texas has scored on the power play in six of its last eight games and is 9-37 (24.3 percent) during that stretch.

*Colton Sceviour has scored the game-winning goal in Texas’ last two victories.

*Alex Chiasson snapped a nine-game goal scoring drought with his tally Tuesday. Chiasson hadn’t scored since October 19 at Houston.

*Patrik Nemeth has an assist in each of the last two games.

*Texas is 4-2-0-0 on the road this season.

Texas lineup

R. Smith-Eakin-Chiasson
Fraser-Morin-Sceviour
Wathier-Petersen-Vincour
Gazdic-Roussel-Hedden

Sloan-Fortunus
Benn-Oleksiak
Nemeth-Dillon

Campbell (starter)
Nilstorp (backup)

Scratches: Glennie, Barker, Vause

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