Goaltender Nathan Lieuwen kept the team in the game despite being peppered with shots. Rochester was outshot in every period, including by an astounding deficit of 20-4 in the first period alone. Overall, the team was outshot 49-27.
Texas opened the scoring with a power-play goal by Jyrki Jokipakka at the 11:25 mark of the first period. Despite the shot deficit, Rochester was fortunate enough to walk out of the opening frame with just one goal against.
The Amerks tied things up just over six minutes into the second period on Hutchings’ goal, but the Stars weren’t finished.
Justin Dowling and Taylor Peters scored their fourth goals of the season within three minutes of each other to give Texas a two-goal lead before the end of the second period.
Matej Stransky notched his fifth goal of the season 13:12 into the third period to seal the deal for Texas, who now sits just two points shy of Grand Rapids for the conference lead.
Stars goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp had 26 saves in the win.
Despite his 45-save performance, Lieuwen was robbed of being named a star for the night, as the Stars (harr-harr) swept the board, with Dowling, Stransky and Meech getting the honors.
One positive the Rochester Americans can take out of this loss: the team was able to limit Texas’ power-play goals. The Stars were 1-for-6 with the extra man.
Another good thing: the Amerks were able to limit some of the Stars’ top players.
Travis Morin leads the AHL in points scoring, but was kept off the scoresheet last night despite tallying a team-high six shots on goal. Colton Sceviour, also among the top leaguewide in points, failed to register a point last night. Chris Mueller and Curtis McKenzie, other Stars players ranked among the top 10 in the league — all kept off the scoresheet last night.
Next up for the Rochester Americans is a visit to Oklahoma City to take on the Barons Friday night.