McKenna, Dickinson Lift Stars to 6-5 Overtime WinOct 7, 2017
CEDAR PARK, Texas - After Mike McKenna stopped two point-blank chances in overtime to keep the Texas Stars alive, Jason Dickinson buried the game-winner with 17 seconds to play to beat the Chicago Wolves by a 6-5 final on Saturday in front of 5,392 fans at H-E-B Center.
Dickinson finished with two goals and a three-point game. McKenna robbed Chicago's Teemu Pulkkinen twice after Brent Regner was sent to the penalty box on a high-sticking penalty 21 seconds into overtime.
Gavin Bayreuther also finished with a three-point game for the Stars (2-0-0-0) and tallied his first goal of the season in the first on the power play.
Trailing 4-2 entering the third, Chicago (0-1-1-0) tallied three unanswered goals from Tyler Wong, Tomas Hyka and Beau Bennett to claim a one-goal lead with eight minutes to play. Matt Mangene forced overtime with his first of the season after snapping a shot past Oscar Dansk from the right circle with just over three minutes left in regulation.
It was the second straight night the Stars prevailed by a 6-5 final, and the fifth one-goal decision between the two teams in their last six meetings, including three in overtime or a shootout.
Both teams traded power play goals in the first as Shea Theodore put the Wolves on the board at 4:23. Bayreuther responded late in the frame during a Texas 5-on-3 off a centering pass by Curtis McKenzie.
Dickinson batted a puck out of the air past Dansk 1:53 into the second for his first of the night, but Theodore struck again four minutes later to knot the score. Travis Morin and Mark McNeill added two more goals in the second for the Stars to make it 4-2 and set up the frantic third period.
McKenna stopped 35 of 40 shots in net to earn the win. Dansk suffered the loss stopping 30 of 36.