Flynn's Two Goals Leads Stars to 4-3 Overtime WinDec 23, 2017
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Brian Flynn finished with two goals on the night, including the game-winner just 20 seconds into overtime, to lead the Texas Stars to a 4-3 win over the Bakersfield Condors on Saturday night at Rabobank Arena.
Flynn batted home a rebound chance of Justin Dowling's drive to the net in the extra frame for his 10th of the season and his fourth goal in the last three games. Texas (18-11-1-1) improved their record in overtime to 7-1 and also regained sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division after the Tucson Roadrunner lost their game in regulation.
Texas hosts the San Antonio Rampage on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. CST.
Bakersfield (11-12-4-0) made a furious push in the third to force the extra frame, outshooting Texas 13-3. Mike McKenna weather the storm as long as he could, but Joey LaLeggia snuck the tying goal through with just over two minutes to play in regulation.
Matt Mangene opened the scoring for the Stars 96 seconds into the game after his centering pass glanced off a Condors skate and past Eddie Pasqule.
Texas carried a 3-2 lead into the third after both teams traded four goals in period two. Iiro Pakarinen snapped home a one-time in the slow 1:25 into the second to even the sccore, but Flynn stuffed home another loose puck in front four minutes later for his first of the night and a power-play goal. Texas stuck again on the man-advantage with eight minutes to play in the frame when Jason Dickinson set up Denis Gurianov on the doorstep for his third of the year.
The Condors came back with a late-period goal courtesy of Kyle Platzer's follow-up play after McKenna stopped an odd-man rush on a sprawling kick save. McKenna finished 29 of 32 in his first action since Dec. 1, when he beat Grand Rapids in a 5-4 shootout.
Pasquale suffered the loss stopping 21 of 25.
Texas finished 2-for-3 on the power play while the Condors went 1-for-6.
Photo Credit: Bakersfield Condors