Texas Stars Take 3-1 Calder Cup Finals Series Lead


The AHL’s Calder Cup Finals continued on Monday in St. John’s, Newfoundland. For the second straight game, the Texas Stars were able to rally back for a win in overtime — this time, allowing them to take a 3-1 series lead over the St. John’s IceCaps.

Things didn’t start off great for the Texas Stars. It all began with a shorthanded goal by St. John’s defenseman Ben Chiarot in the first period. The IceCaps would then add a pair of goals in the second period, including one less than a minute in and another on the power play later in the period. Carl Klingberg and Kael Mouillierat scored for St. John’s.

Just like that, St. John’s had a 3-0 lead more than halfway through the game.

The Stars weren’t going to burn out that easily, however. Texas rallied back with two goals in a span of 2:36 in the second period to make it a one-goal game. Travis Morin scored his eigth of the postseason, while Curtis McKenzie added his third of the playoffs.

It would be a fairly quiet third period in terms of goals. Then, with just over two minutes remaining in regulation, Brett Ritchie scored his sixth of the playoffs to tie the game at three.

The teams would skate for just 2:24 of overtime before Travis Morin scored his second of the game, giving the Stars a 4-3 victory and a 3-1 series lead.

Morin finished the game with two goals, one assist and two shots. Brendan Ranford led all skaters with six shots on goal, while Brett Ritchie had the game-tying goal and five shots. Kael Mouillierat led the IceCaps with a goal and assist and four shots. Klingberg had one goal and five shots.

Cristopher Nilstorp had 32 saves for the Stars, while Michael Hutchinson had 34 saves for the IceCaps.

Right winger Andrew Gordon leads all IceCaps skaters with 18 points (8-10) in 20 Calder Cup playoff games this year. Will O’Neill leads the team with 12 assists, while Eric O’Dell‘s nine goals are the most on the team. For the Stars, it’s Travis Morin leading the way, with 22 points (9-13) in 20 games. Morin leads the Stars across the board in goals, assists and points.

The Calder Cup Finals continue tonight in St. John’s with another 6 p.m. faceoff. Will the Texas Stars come out on top tonight and win it all? Or will St. John’s force a game six, to be held on June 19?

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