Hodgson's power-play goal crucial as Moose down Stars

The Canadian Press

3/18/2011 11:44:00 PM

WINNIPEG -- Vancouver Canucks prospect Cody Hodgson scored on the power play as the Manitoba Moose topped the Texas Stars 4-3 in American Hockey League action Friday.

Guillaume Desbiens had a short-handed goal for Manitoba (38-26-6), while Jordan Schroeder and Sergei Shirokov also scored. Goaltender Tyler Weiman earned the win with 32 saves.

Aaron Gagnon scored just 23 seconds into the game for Texas (35-24-10). Travis Morin and Dan Spang had the other goals for the Rampage.

Tyler Beskorowany started in net for the Stars, stopping 11-of-14 shots before being chased from the net by Schroeder's goal 7:16 into the second period. Richard Bachman turned aside 15-of-16 shots in relief.

The Moose scored once on three power-play opportunities, while Texas went 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

Hodgson hooked up with fellow rookie Bill Sweatt for his goal.

Sweatt freed the puck in the corner and found Hodgson in the slot to tie the game 1-1. The goal was Hodgson's 16th of the season.

The win keeps the Manitoba Moose three points ahead of the Hamilton Bulldogs in the tight North Division.