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Stars Align as Texas Downs Iowa

Stars Align as Texas Downs Iowa, 4-1

DES MOINES, IA – The Texas Stars have long been a thorn in the side of the Iowa Wild, and this week has been no exception. After downing the Wild on Tuesday, 4-2, the Stars dominated Thursday night’s affair, beating Iowa, 4-1. Matt Jurusik was outstanding for the Stars, stopping 30 shots, and Ben Gleason and Anthony Louis each had two assists. Kyle Rau scored the only goal for Iowa.

After a scoreless first period, Rau put the Wild on top, scoring 9:21 into the second. Kevin Czuczman took a shot from the point that Rau deflected past Jurusik for his 14th goal of the season.

Wild goaltender Hunter Jones had kept the Stars off the scoreboard through nearly 36 minutes, but Texas tied the score at 15:51 on the 10th goal of the season by Frederik Karlstrom. Jerad Rosburg moved the puck to Karlstrom at the left faceoff circle, who beat Jones with a wrist shot. It was the third goal in the last four games for Karlstrom.

Ty Dellandrea put Texas on top with 51 seconds left in the frame. With the Stars on the power-play, Louis had the puck along the boards. He passed it to Dellandrea in the high slot, who lifted a wrist shot through traffic and past Jones for his 12th goal of the year.

Texas had been outshot through the first two periods, 24-12, yet they had a two-goal lead. The Stars continued to pour it on, adding their second power-play goal of the contest at 5:38 in the third. Louis earned his second assist of the game when he set up Yauheni Aksiantsiuk with a one-timer at the right faceoff circle. Aksiantsiuk buried his first AHL goal to make it 3-1.

The Wild pulled Jones with about three minutes left in the contest, trying to find an answer for Jurusik, but Oskar Back sealed the victory with an empty net tally with 1:02 left to give Texas a 4-1 victory. To add insult to injury, Jurusik earned an assist on the goal.

The Stars (17-18-9) swept the two-game set in Des Moines, dealing the Wild (20-21-6) their fifth straight loss. Iowa is 2-6-1 in February.

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    Robert Pannier covers the Iowa Wild for Field Pass Hockey. Follow and interact with him on Twitter @FPHWild.

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