Morin and Sceviour continue friendly competition, Meech makes debut

Travis Morin and Colton Sceviour each have 23 goals this season. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Travis Morin and Colton Sceviour each have 23 goals this season. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Travis Morin and Colton Sceviour continued their race for the AHL goal-scoring title in the 5-3 win against Utica. Each player now has 23 goals after Morin’s hat trick and Sceviour’s game-winning goal.

“He obviously didn’t want to let me have the lead for very long,” Morin said. “(After) I tied him with my second one, I just went, ‘I heard I’m tied for the league lead with some guy.’”

After Morin and Sceviour it’s a big gap in the AHL scoring race. Four players are tied with 16 goals.

Saturday was also Morin’s bobble head night and he got a chance to take a look at the figurine before the game.

“I don’t mind it, it’s got some good flow,” Morin said. “It’s always hard with those things. I don’t think it looks a lot like me. I guess it probably looks more like me the past couple years when my hair was grown out.”

Meech makes Stars debut

Derek Meech made his Texas Stars debut on Saturday and was paired with Jamie Oleksiak.

The veteran of 144 NHL games was on the ice for two of the Stars goals and impressed Stars coach Willie Desjardins.

“I think he was really good,” Desjardins said. “He showed lots of composure and for his first game he did real well.”

Power play finally cools down

For the first time in eight games the Stars didn’t score on the power play.

Texas went 0-for-2 with the man advantage, but did score a shorthanded goal. The shorthanded was the first since Chris Mueller scored against the Iowa Wild on Dec. 6.

Texas was perfect on the penalty kill, snuffing out three Utica chances.

Fan comes close to winning $10,000

This happened during the first intermission.

Nilstorp gets another back-to-back start

For the fifth time this season Cristopher Nilstorp started games on back-to-back nights.

Nilstorp improved to 3-1-0-1 in such starts and it was the first time he allowed more than two goals in the second game of a back-to-back.

“He’s been really good,” Desjardins said. “I’ve always known he’s been a good goalie … it’s different when you’re the guy and you got to know you’re going to go every night.”

Button plays on the wing again

For the second night defenseman Ryan Button played forward. Button was on the line with Taylor Peters and Matej Stransky, which effectively filled the checking-line roll.

“He plays hard,” Desjardins said. “That’s the key. He made a couple good plays … he gives an honest effort. It’ll take him a little while to adjust to that position, and we’ll see how long he stays there.”

Brock Montgomery was the extra skater in warm-ups again.

Tonight’s lines:

McKenzie-Morin-Sceviour
Wathier-Mueller-Ranford
Hedden-Dowling-Ritchie
Button-Peters-Stransky

Oleksiak-Meech
Gaunce-Jokipakka
Labrie-Fortunus

Nilstorp
Robinson

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