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Stars shoot past Griffins

Texas rebounds to defeat Grand Rapids 3-1

Friday, 11.30.2012 / 11:18 PM ET / Recap
By Randy Cleves  - Griffins Senior Director of Public Relations
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Texas Stars scored three goals in a 4:51 stretch spanning the final two periods to erase a 1-0 deficit and claim a 3-1 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday at Van Andel Arena.

Grand Rapids’ second-ranked scoring offense was limited to fewer than two goals for the first time this season and mustered only 23 shots on Christopher Nilstorp, including 13 over the first 40 minutes. Tom McCollum, meanwhile, kept the Griffins in the contest with 13 saves during the first period alone and finished with 29 stops.

Despite the loss, the Griffins (10-6-1-1) completed November with an 8-3 record and maintain first place in the Midwest Division by one point over Rockford.

The Griffins scored the lone goal of the opening period with 2:42 remaining, when Landon Ferraro cut through the left circle, pulled up at the hashmarks and ripped a shot into the top of the cage.

Stars forward Reilly Smith, the younger brother of Griffins defenseman Brendan Smith, knotted the score at the 19:21 mark of the second period, chipping the puck over a prone McCollum from the left side. Texas (9-7-1-1) then took advantage of a power play opportunity 3:29 into the third period to go ahead 2-1, with Colton Sceviour quickly sliding the puck across the top of the crease to Jordie Benn, who slammed home a backdoor goal.

The visitors scored their third goal in less than five minutes of playing time just 43 seconds later, as Alex Chiasson redirected Brenden Dillon’s shot from the point past McCollum.

Grand Rapids could not answer, despite employing an extra attacker for most of the final three minutes by pulling McCollum and receiving a power play chance.

THREE STARS: 1. TEX Benn (game-winning goal); 2. GR Ferraro (goal); 3. TEX Nilstorp (W, 22 saves)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59