Notes: Stars can’t finish chances, Houser shoots for the empty net

Michael Houser stopped 44 of 46 shots in the win for San Antonio. (Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Michael Houser stopped 44 of 46 shots in the win for San Antonio. (Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Even though his team lost 4-2, Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins said his team’s second period was one of the best it had all season.

In the middle frame the Stars had a 19-3 advantage in shots, but couldn’t score against Michael Houser, who finished the night with 44 saves.

Like most of the night, Texas had numerous chances, but the finishing quality was off.

“We missed the net a lot,” Desjardins said. “We had a lot of real quality chances we missed on.”

That problem was most evident in the first period, where Texas had just four shots despite dominating the possession.

Houser shoots for the empty net

Late in the game Houser took a look at the empty net and fired, looking for his first career goal.

“I’ve taken a couple before,” Houser said. “I was decently close, I guess. My first goal is to get it out of the zone. Two-goal lead you might as take a shot at it.”

Houser said he’s tried shooting at the empty net a couple times as a pro and in junior hockey. He did say he’s come closer than his attempt Wednesday, which was whistled for icing.

“Nothing to get really excited about, no posts or anything,” he said. “I’m still looking for my first one.”

Nilstorp may be ready for the weekend

Desjaradins said goalie Cristopher Nilstorp may be ready for this weekend against the Toronto Marlies.

“He should be real close,” Desjardins said. “He has to prove it over the next couple days, but he’s real close.”

Tonight’s lines:

McKenzie-Morin-Sceviour
Hedden-Jeffrey-Ritchie
Ranford-Mueller-Glennie
Button-Stransky

Oleksiak-Meech
Gaunce-Wrenn
Labrie-Fortunus
Jokipakka

Robinson
Nagle

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