ONTARIO, Calif. - It wasn't a matter of who wanted it more. It wasn't up to special teams, who had the better offense or stronger defense. It wasn't even a matter of which goaltender was better. It all came down to a mistake by a defender.
Here are Duck & Hound's photos from the double-overtime game three thriller between the Ontario Reign and Texas Stars.
When it was finally determined that the Stars and Reign would be meeting in the first round of the playoffs, the stats said it would be a close series. Two games in Texas reinforced this fact with nearly identical stats between the teams and one match that went to overtime.
CEDAR PARK, Texas - Friday night's game against the Texas Stars may not have been an elimination game, but in the best-of-5, the Ontario Reign could not afford to go down 2-0.
CEDAR PARK, Texas - Coming into the playoffs, the stats said the matchup between the Ontario Reign and Texas Stars would be evenly matched. They had similar records, had played four tightly contested games and both had full rosters with their parent club out of the playoffs.
ONTARIO, Calif. - The Pacific Division was an incredibly tight race throughout the year, with every team above .500 most of the year. While first place was held by the Tucson Roadrunners for much of the season, the other three playoff spots were shifting around until the last day of the regular season
The Stars came into Saturday's contest in second in the Pacific thanks to a win and an Ontario loss on Friday, and knowing they would face the Reign in the first round no matter what. Only home-ice was still up for grabs, with the Stars needing to merely gain as many or more points than the Reign Saturday to secure second.
CEDAR PARK, Texas - The Texas Stars and Rockford IceHogs each entered Saturday knowing they could clinch a playoff spot with a win and a little help. They both received the help, so who would win and claim their spot in the playoffs?
CEDAR PARK, Texas - The Texas Stars host the Rockford IceHogs for two games this weekend, in a matchup of two squads in the heat...
CEDAR PARK, Texas - The 2017-18 regular season has reached its climax, as the Texas Stars host the Stockton Heat with a chance to gain some serious separation their Pacific Division rival