Jason Robertson and Joel L’Esperance scored in a shootout to help the Texas Stars snap a 12-game skid with a 7-6 win over the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas.
Robertson had two goals and an assist in regulation, and L’Esperance had a goal and an assist for Texas (4-13-0-2). Nicholas Caamano and Michael Mersch had a goal and two assists apiece, and Landon Bow made 30 saves.
John Quenneville scored two goals, and Alexandre Fortin, Tyler Sikura and Anton Wedin each had a goal and an assist for Rockford (8-7-0-1), which has lost two of its last three. Rookie Adam Boqvist had three assists, and Kevin Lankinen’s four-game winning streak was snapped in a 29-save outing.
Boqvist sent a pass through the slot to the bottom of the left faceoff circle for Fortin, who buried it into a wide-open net for a 1-0 Rockford lead at 6:31.
Robertson scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season at 10:30 then Mersch put Texas ahead 2-1 at 14:01 with a power-play tally.
Tyler Sikura tied it 2-2 at 15:25 on the power play when he stole an errant pass in front of the net and backhanded a shot past Bow.
Quenneville blocked Emil Djuse’s shot in the neutral zone then finished a 2-on-1 with Fortin for the IceHogs to take a 3-2 lead at 3:16 of the second period.
Boqvist sent a pass from the top of the right circle to Quenneville, who snuck behind two Texas defender to the left of the net and tapped in his second of the period at 12:18 to make it 4-2.
L’esperance and Caamano each tallied power-play goals in a 2:21 span to tie it 4-4 at 15:17.
Anton Wedin gave Rockford a 5-4 lead at 17:35 when he backhanded a rebound in front of the net on the power play.
Gavin Bayreuther and Robertson took back the lead for Texas in the third period with goals at 2:31 and 12:42. Wedin fired a shot on net, and Hagel jammed the rebound into the net to tie it 6-6 with 3:24 left to play to send the game to overtime.
Former IceHog Tanner Kero missed and Landon Bow made a glove save on Boqvist’s shot in the first round of the shootout. Robertston then went high to Lankinen’s glove side, but Dylan Sikura tied it with a goal on his backhand. Kevin Lankinen poke checked another former teammate’s shot in Anthony Louis and Quenneville missed on his chance. L’Esperance went five-hole on Lankinen for the winner as Joseph Cramarossa, who was making his Rockford debut, failed to convert.
Rockford head coach Derek King was struck by a puck in the second period, and briefly left the bench to receive medical attention but returned moments later.
Rockford plays the second game of a back-to-back at 3 p.m. Sunday against the San Antonio Rampage (Blues) at AT&T Center.
Note: The AHL changed the secondary assist on Hagel’s goal from Joni Tuulola to Boqvist.