TEXAS SINKS HERSHEY 4-3 IN LAST MINUTE TO WIN GAME 2
STARS TAKE 2-0 SERIES LEAD IN THE CALDER CUP FINALS
Texas Stars May 5, 2010
The Texas Stars (14-6) defeated the Hershey Bears (12-5) 4-3 on Saturday night in front of 10,872 fans at the Giant Center in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals. Texas forward Travis Morin scored the game-winning goal with 46 seconds remaining in the contest, giving the Stars the victory and a 2-0 series lead heading home for Game 3 on Monday at Cedar Park Center. Forwards Aaron Gagnon and Mathieu Beaudoin also scored as Texas improved to 8-4 on the road in the playoffs. Stars defenseman Garrett Stafford also netted a goal, as Texas handed Hershey the first set of back-to-back regulation losses at home this year (playoffs and regular season). Texas goalie Matt Climie (7-3) made 25 saves, helping the team to its fourth straight victory. Hershey forwards Steve Pinizzotto, Andrew Gordon and Francois Bouchard each scored in the loss. Hershey goalie Michal Neuvirth (10-4) stopped 19 Texas shots in the defeat. Texas will host Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals on Monday night at 7:30 pm at Cedar Park Center.
In the second period, the teams traded goals once again. Texas pushed in front with the first power-play goal of the series at 11:03 of the middle frame. Stars defenseman Garrett Stafford blasted a shot that deflected off a Hershey defender and into the Bears net for the 2-1 Texas lead. Stars defenseman Andrew Hutchinson and forward Perttu Lindgren assisted on Stafford’s fourth goal of the playoffs. Hershey countered to tie the game 2-2 at 11:49. Forward Francois Bouchard blasted a one-timer from the high-slot, beating Texas goalie Matt Climie on the stick side for his fourth goal of the playoffs. Hershey defenseman Patrick Wellar and forward Ashton Rome picked up the assist on the Bears second goal of the night.