The AHL’s Calder Cup Finals began on Sunday, with game one between the Texas Stars and the St. John’s IceCaps.
Despite being (slightly) outshot, the Stars were able to capture a victory, defeating St. John’s 6-3 in game one.
Texas opened the scoring with the lone goal of the first period, a power-play tally by Travis Morin for his first of the night. The Stars rode that lead into the second period, until IceCaps center Eric O’Dell scored to tie the game at one.
The Stars would come out blazing then, scoring three times to take a 4-1 lead into the third period. The teams exchanged goals in the third period, but St. John’s was ultimately unable to complete the comeback.
Stars right winger Scott Glennie lead the team with two goals and one assist. He also had five shots, accounting for nearly 1/5th of the team’s overall shots, and seven penalty minutes. Morin had two goals, while Chris Mueller had a goal and two assists. He led all skaters with a plus-4. Mike Hedden also scored for Texas, knocking in an empty-netter with 1:41 remaining in regulation.
For St. John’s, goals came from Will O’Neill, Jordan Hill and Kael Mouillierat. Despite losing, nine different IceCaps players registered a point. (Nine Stars players also registered a point or more, with four registering more than one.)
IceCaps goaltender Michael Hutchinson had 17 saves in 59:05.
The IceCaps were 0/4 on the power play last night. Texas, on the other hand, was 1/2 on the power play and also managed to score shorthanded on a holding the stick penalty to Glennie late in the second period. Glennie was also served with a fighting major at the end of the game, along with St. John’s Adam Lowry.
Game two of the Calder Cup Finals is tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST.