CEDAR PARK, TX – The Texas Stars fell behind by two goals for the third straight game Tuesday night. For the second time in those three, however, the Stars would come from behind to win. Last night, the Stars would fall behind the visiting Iowa Wild by scores of, 1-0, 2-1, and 4-2, before responding to win 5-4.
The Stars were led offensively by two goals from Sheldon Dries, an assist and the overtime winner from Travis Morin. Playing without captain Curtis McKenzie, who is currently with NHL Dallas, Texas was able to slowly gather steam and create just enough offense. Trailing 4-2 as the second period came to a close, Dries deflected home his second of the frame to change momentum. The Stars then carried that momentum to the third, where Jason Dickinson would level the score at four. Morin ended it in the extra frame, giving the Stars their sixth win in their last seven tries.
The game would start with a back and forth first period with each team firing 12 shots on target in the opening frame. Iowa would draw first blood just 6:35 into the game, off a quick pass from the corner to the slot. Landon Ferraro was waiting in prime scoring territory, and fired a one-timer by Landon Bow to put the Wild up 1-0.
It wouldn’t take Texas long to respond, however as 2:32 later, the game was even. With the Stars on the power play, Morin slid a pass to Brent Regner at the point. Regner blasted a one-timer that rang off the post, and went in. Regner’s first of the year, and first as a Texas Star, would level the score 1-1.
The first would not end even though, as Iowa would go ahead again with 7:27 remaining. It would be Luke Kunin finding twine this time, and Iowa took a 2-1 lead to the second stanza.
The Stars would once again find an equalizer early in the second, with Dries netting his first of the game just 1:26 in. With Iowa on the power play, Dries stole the puck in the neutral zone and carried it into the Wild zone. He walked the defender back, and whipped a wrister past Iowa goaltender Steve Michalek to make it 2-2.
Iowa would once again take the lead just 1:21 later, and this time wouldn’t stop at a one-goal lead. First, 3:47 into the second, Iowa held the puck in the Texas zone and sent it down low to Pat Cannone. Cannone spun, and wrapped a backhanded around Bow and in to make it 3-2 for the visitors.
Iowa would then double the lead on the power play midway through the period. With 8:55 to go, the Wild passed it around beautifully, and went up two when Justin Kloos slammed a backdoor one-timer to the back of the net.
The Kloos goal made it 4-2, and it appeared that is how the period would end. Texas was not ready to accept that though, and Dries would change momentum completely before time ran out. With just 10.9 seconds on the clock, Dillon Heatherington sent a shot towards the net. Dries cut in front, and got his stick on it, deflecting it home to make it a one-goal game after two.
Texas would come out hungry for the tying goal in the third, and they would only need to wait 7:48 to get it. Justin Dowling was able to find Dickinson with a nice pass, hitting him in stride as he cut through the Iowa zone. Dickinson suddenly whipped a quick shot that beat Michalek, and evened the score at four apiece.
Though both teams would have chances over the final 12:12, neither would be able to find twine again. Regulation would expire, and for the second time in three games, the Stars would head to overtime even at 4-4.
Overtime would be a tight affair, with each team getting chances. Texas outshot the Wild 5-4 in OT, with the extra shot being the game winner. For a moment, it looked as though Iowa would go on the power play when Dickinson was called for interference with 1:39 left in overtime. That was not the case, however, because the officials also nailed Kloos for embellishment keeping the man power 3-on-3.
The Stars would take advantage of the opportunity to stay even, and ended the game just 0:34 after the coincidental minors. With 1:05 on the clock, Matt Mangene sent a shot on goal that was stopped by Michalek. The rebound lay loose, though, and Morin scooped it up and deposited it into the net to win it for the Stars.
Texas has now won six of seven, and eight of eleven overall, and moves to 14-9-0-1 on the campaign. The Stars remain at home next for three against Pacific division foes, with the Bakersfield Condors coming in Friday, and Ontario Reign visiting Saturday and the following Thursday. The Stars are 0-1-0-0 against the Condors this year, and will be battling the Reign for the first time in 2017-18.
Friday’s game against Bakersfield starts at 7:30 p.m. CST, from inside the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. You can follow Friday’s game on Twitter by following @SinBinStars, where we live tweet every game!