by Pete Richmire

KENT, WA. – The Tacoma Stars (4-4) returned home Friday to take on the MASL Southwest Division leader Monterrey Flash (4-1) and battled to the very end before falling 9-8 to the visitors. Franck Tayou had an incredible night for Monterrey picking up five goals including the game winner with five seconds left to play.

In a game that went back and forth, the Stars opened scoring in the first quarter when Troy Peterson converted on a Nick Perera assist with 5:11 remaining on the clock. Every quarter in this match had a goal scored in the final seconds and Brayan Aguilar found the scoresheet for Monterrey with 2.8 seconds left to tie the game 1-1 after one quarter.

The second frame saw six goals scored between the teams beginning with Philip Lund’s marker with 12:11 left in the first half. Matt Clare gave the Stars a very temporary two-goal lead before Tayou scored ten seconds later and again 21 seconds after that to tie the game 3-3. Monterrey grabbed their first lead of the game, 4-3 on Damian Garcia’s first of two goals with 6:36 left in the second. With 25.9 seconds to go, Cory Keitz banged one home to knot the game 4-4 at the half.

Tayou scored his third of the game just 43 seconds into the second half to put the Flash back up by one. Less than a minute later Joseph Cairel tied the game for Tacoma with his first goal of the year. Perera put the Stars back up on an assist from Mike Ramos with 10:00 remaining in the third. Garcia notched his second of the game for the Flash and Tayou added a power play goal with 13 seconds to go to put Monterrey up 7-6 after three quarters.

Lund, on an assist from Pablo Da Silva tied the game with 12:55 to play. With Tayou off on a two-minute penalty, Ramos rocketed home a power play goal and the Stars were up 8-7 with just 7:56 left in the fourth. After Monterrey brought out their 6th attacker, Edgar Gonzalez tied the game 8-8 on his third goal of the season.

The game looked to be heading to overtime but Tayou found an opening down the right side and beat the Stars defense for his fifth goal of the game with 5.7 seconds on the clock.

Scoring Summary

1st Qtr- TAC- Peterson (Gjertsen) 9:48; MON- Aguilar 14:58

2nd Qtr- TAC- Lund (Perera) 2:40; TAC- Clare (Keitz) 5:11; MON- Tayou 5:21; MON- Tayou (Canez) 5:42; MON- Garcia 8:26; TAC- Keitz (Ramos) 14:36 

3rd Qtr- MON- Tayou 0:44; TAC- Cairel 1:04; TAC- Perera (Ramos) 5:00; MON- Garcia 6:36; MON- Tayou (Gonzalez) PP 14:48.

4th Qtr- TAC- Lund (Da Silva) 2:07; TAC- Ramos PP 7:03; MON- Gonzalez (Farias) 12:02; MON- Tayou 14:54

Shots in the game- Tacoma 5-6-5-3 (19); MON 5-4-4-4 (17) 

Attendance – 2,290 

The Stars next action is at home Friday, January 12 against the Ontario Fury. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Guarantee your seat to all the action by calling 1-844-STARS-84 or go to

Saturday January 12 is Tacoma Stars Teddy Bear Toss Night vs Ontario. Bring, or purchase your teddy bear at the accesso ShoWare Center and then when the Stars score their first goal of the game….let them fly on to the field! All stuffed animals collected will go to benefit Olive Crest and a big thank you to Spirit 105.3 FM for helping organize this great event!

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