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HOUSTON AEROS POWER PAST TEXAS 5-3
Granlund Goes off With Two Goals and Two Assists
Cedar Park, TX – The Houston Aeros (2-2-0-0, 4 points) defeated the Texas Stars (2-2-0-0, 4 points) 5-3 in front of 4,422 fans on Saturday at the Cedar Park Center. Center Mikael Granlund scored two goals and added two assists, leading the Aeros to their first road win of the season. Right wing Nick Palmieri added two goals and Jason Zucker dished out two assists as the team rattled off its second straight win. Left wing Kris Foucault added a power-play goal, as Houston finished with three power-play goals. Houston goalie Darcy Kuemper (1-0-0) made his season debut with 24 saves. Texas goalie Jack Campbell (1-0-0) suffered the loss. He stopped six of ten and was pulled after 23:44 of action. Houston returns home to play at 5:05 p.m. at the Toyota Center on Sunday.
The Aeros opened the scoring just 2:43 into the first period, as Nick Palmieri tipped in his first goal of the season. Defenseman Drew Bagnall and Johan Larson each had an assist on the play to make it 1-0 Aeros. Texas countered just over three minutes later at 5:35, when Tomas Vincour tucked the puck into the Houston net for his first goal of the season and a 1-1 game. Cody Eakin and Reilly Smith each had an assist on the Texas goal. Houston regained the lead at 6:36 of the first, as Mikeal Granlund scored his first AHL goal, pushing the Aeros in front 2-1 through one period of play.
Houston opened up the game in the second period, scoring two power-play goals just 47-seconds apart. Nick Palmieri scored his second goal of the night at 2:57 of the middle frame, pushing the Aeros lead to 3-1. Jonas Brodin and Granlund each had an assist on the team’s third goal of the night. Houston made it 4-1 at 3:44 as Granlund stuffed in a rebound on the power play, his second goal of the night. Jason Zucker and Marco Scandella each helped set up the goal. Goalie Jack Campbell was pulled after the goal, ending his night with six saves in 23:44 of work. Texas answered back with a power-play tally of its own at 6:10. Center Travis Morin tipped Jordie Benn’s point shot for his first goal of the season. Toby Petersen added an assist on the Stars second goal of the night, trimming the deficit to 4-2. The Aeros increased their lead to 5-2 at 13:17 of the second period with a power-play goal by Kris Foucault. Granlund and Scandella added an assist on the third power-play goal of the night for Houston.
Texas winger Cody Eakin trimmed the Aeros lead to 5-3 at 18:59 of the third period. Eakin’s third goal of the season was shorthanded from Tomas Vincour.
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