Markison leads Stars past Iowa Wild

Stars head to Arizona this weekend for two games against the division-leading Roadrunners


Colin Markison did all the work. Austin Fyten got all the glory. 

The speedy forward’s breakaway shot was poked in by Fyten in the second period and proved to be the game-winning goal as the Stars beat the Iowa Wild 4-2 at home to winter second straight game. 

“(Markison) is a guy that can play up and down the lineup and right now he’s earning his spot on the first line,” head coach Derek Laxdal said. “He’s a motor and a guy that can drive any line. Pressure and speed kills and he’s got (both).”

Landon Bow made 20 saves to pick up his 16th win of the season. 

Defensively, Texas gave up 22 shots in the game and held the Wild to five and six shots in the second and third periods, respectively. 

Iowa’s first goal came just 56 seconds into the game when Kurtis Gamble split the Stars’ defense and buried the breakaway. Sheldon Dries leveled the score with a centered cross that turned into a shot and somehow found the back of the net eight minutes later. 

“It’s always tough to give up a lead right away,” forward Justin Dowling said. “I thought it put us on our heels a bit for the rest of the period. They used that to their advantage and it showed in the first period.”

The Wild capitalized on their first power play of the game when Zack Mitchell tipped in a wrist shot from the blue line with under three minutes left in the opening period. 

Texas came back with a goal 34 seconds into the second period when Markison tipped in a shot. His breakaways assist helped give the Stars their first lead seven minutes later and he picked up his second assist of the game on a goal by Dowling late on. 

Dowling returned after missing some time with an upper-body injury. He finished with three shots to go along with his goal. 

“I was a little nervous how I was going to be with the puck,” he said. “I didn’t take any face-offs today. I was able to get some conditioning in and the two guys I played with were awesome. (Markison) was all over the place so it made it a lot easier.”

He added playing on the same line as a fast player like Markison helps make up for mistakes he might make as his teammate can cover for him. 

The Stars head to Arizona for a two-game series against the division-leading Tucson Roadrunners Friday at 8:05 p.m. They then return home for four games, first against the Central Division-leading Manitoba Moose Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

“I liked the way we responded in the third,” Laxdal said. “We had a pretty good push and didn’t give up a lot and I like the way we managed the puck. We made a mindset as a group and did what we had to do to get the win.”

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