Oct. 6 Notes & quotes: Morin continues hot play, McKenzie scores first pro goal

Travis Morin scored a goal and added an assist tonight. Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars

Travis Morin scored a goal and added an assist tonight. Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars

Recap: http://www.statesman.com/news/sports/hockey/icehogs-skate-past-stars-4-3/nbHGh/

In-game blog: https://wrongsideoftheredline.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/as-they-play-stars-vs-icehogs-10613/

Box score: http://theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1011123

Travis Morin continued his hot streak Sunday night, scoring the first goal and assisting on Curtis McKenzie’s power play tally.

Through six periods of hockey Morin has three goals and three assists, easily the best on the team. That’s good news for Morin and his linemates, but the rest of the team is struggling to create quality scoring chances.

The line of Justin Dowling, Brett Ritchie and Mike Hedden scored the other goal this weekend on a strong hustle play. It was a big goal for Texas, but it was the type of hustle play Texas needs out of its third and fourth lines.

Curtis McKenzie celebrates his first professional goal. Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars

Curtis McKenzie celebrates his first professional goal. Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars

McKenzie scores first pro goal

Curtis McKenzie’s first period power play goal was the first tally of his professional career.

It also moved him into second on the Free Wings Leaderboard.

Missing motivation?

Tonight was the type of game that the Texas Stars might have missed Luke Gazdic and not for the reason you’re thinking.

Texas was physical tonight and won a pair of fights (Curtis McKenzie and Brock Montgomery), but Gazdic also had an impact in the locker room. Even when injured last year and scratched from the lineup, Gazdic would go into the locker room between periods, get on his teammates and motivate them.

Texas could have used that before the third period tonight.

I asked coach Willie Desjardins if the Stars were missing that tonight. He said he didn’t give a definitive answer, but he said he felt the right things were said before the third period.

Stransky struggles a bit

Matej Stransky has some raw talent, but he still needs to develop into an AHL-caliber player.

The Czech made a couple rookie mistakes and was offsides twice during the power play. He also had a couple turnovers.

The good new for Stars fans is Stransky he has the raw tools to be a very good player.

Kent Simpson makes one of his 41 saves Sunday. Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars

Kent Simpson makes one of his 41 saves Sunday. Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars

Kent Simpson loves the CPC

Rockford goalie Kent Simpson has won two games in his AHL career. Both have come at the Cedar Park Center.

Tonight Simpson stopped 41 of 44 shots. Last season he stopped 32 shots in relief.

Post game presser (courtesy of Texas Stars)

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