Stars hold off Dallas for 5-4 win in Texas

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The Stars (7-8) withstood a late surge by the Dallas Sidekicks (2-13) to edge out their hosts for a 5-4 victory at the Allen Event Center on Feb. 15. Mike Ramos continued his hot-streak with another four-point performance, including a hat-trick in the win for Tacoma.

With 6:04 left in the opening quarter the Sidekicks opened scoring with an unassisted power play goal from Victor Almendariz following a blue card to Tacoma’s Alex Caceres. The Stars drew even when Alessandro Canale found Alex Megson for his seventh goal of the season with 4:32 remaining in the first.

The second frame was like the first as the teams traded one goal apiece beginning with the Sidekicks. Freddy Moojen converted on a Josh Hernandez assist to put Dallas back up 2-1 just 22 seconds into the second quarter. Stars leading goal scorer Ramos notched his 23rd of the season, assisted by Canale to level the match and send the teams to the locker room knotted at 2-2.

Tacoma took their first lead of the match on Ramos’ second straight goal for the Stars with 11:04 to play in the third. Later in the quarter Luiz Felipe Xavier de Andrade was shown a blue card for boarding which set up Tacoma’s first power play opportunity of the evening. It was Ramos again, his third consecutive goal of the match, on an assist from Dan Antoniuk to create the first two-goal lead of the game at 4-2 Stars heading into the final quarter.

The next goal was not scored by Ramos, though he did pick up the assist to Dan Antoniuk, who netted his 50thcareer goal on a power play with 7:52 to play in the game. The next six minutes passed quietly until the Sidekicks went on the power play with 1:36 left in the fourth. It took Gustavo Piedra just nine seconds to score making it a 5-3 Tacoma advantage. Dallas was not through as RJ Luevano connected with Freddy Moojen who knocked in his second of the match to bring the Sidekicks within one at 5-4 with 58.3 seconds on the clock.

Dallas had a sustained possession down the stretch, but the Tacoma defense prevented a clean shot and the Stars held on for the 5-4 win. With the victory Tacoma splits the season series with the Sidekicks with each team logging one win.

SCORING SUMMARY

1st – DAL Almendariz 8:56 PP; TAC Megson (Canale) 10:31. Penalties – TAC Caceres blue card (tripping) 7:45.

2nd – DAL Moojen (Hernandez) 0:22; TAC Ramos (Canale) 7:12. Penalties – none. 

3rd – TAC Ramos 3:58; TAC Ramos (Antoniuk) 13:23 PP. Penalties – DAL De Andrade blue card (boarding) 12:28.

4th – TAC Antoniuk (Ramos) 7:08 PP; DAL Piedra (Cavalcante) 13:31 PP; DAL Moojen (Luevano) 14:03. Penalties – DAL Bicmarck blue card (tripping) 4:36; TAC Johnson blue card (tripping) 13:24.

STARS VS. OUTLAWS

The Stars wrapped up their two games in two days trip to Texas on Feb. 16 in Mesquite where Tacoma looked to tame the Outlaws.

#2:Alex Caceres fends off a Mesquite Outlaws defender during Tacoma’s 5-2 loss on Feb. 16. 
Credit: MASL Media/Mesquite Outlaws

The Stars (7-9) sent a flurry of fourth quarter shots at the Mesquite Outlaws (5-11) but were unable to overcome a five-goal deficit and finished the match with a 5-2 loss on Sunday at the Mesquite Arena.

The lone goal of the first quarter began Mesquite’s run of five consecutive goals as Outlaws keeper Eduardo Cortes found VcMor Eligwe with an outlet pass to put Mesquite up 1-0 with 10:33 left in the first. 

Mesquite tacked on three more in the second quarter beginning with Cody Ellis, who volleyed a Mike Jones pass to the right of Stars keeper Danny Waltman for a 2-0 lead with 12:31 to go in the first half. Josemaria Oteze converted on a Jamie Lovegrove assist to make it 3-0 with less than five minutes to go. The final goal of the first half was an end to end effort by the Outlaws Shaun David with 2:43 on the clock to give Mesquite a 4-0 advantage at the break.

Just before time expired in the third quarter, Lovegrove connected with Bradlee Baladez who slid the ball past Waltman to give Mesquite a 5-0 lead heading to the final quarter. 

The Stars stopped Mesquite’s run when Alex Megson served Douglas Lima with an assist for Tacoma’s first goal with 8:34 left in the game. Adam West found a loose ball off a restart and buried it with his left foot into the back of the net with 4:51 to bring the Stars within three at 5-2. Tacoma applied pressure in the final quarter, outshooting Mesquite by an 18-3 margin but the Outlaws defense held, and they were able to snap their six game losing streak.

Mesquite and Tacoma will meet for a pair of games at the accesso ShoWare Center on March 19 and 22 to close out the regular season.

SCORING SUMMARY

1st – MES Eligwe (Cortes) 4:27. Penalties – none.

2nd – MES Ellis (Jones) 2:29; MES Oteze (Lovegrove) 10:22; MES David 12:17. Penalties – none. 

3rd – MES Baladez (Lovegrove) 14:59. Penalties – none.

4th –  TAC Lima (Megson) 6:26; TAC West 10:09. Penalties – TAC McCluskey blue card (dangerous play) 14:02.

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