Stars Pick Up a Point in First Overtime Loss, 4-3Dec 20, 2017
ONTARIO, Calif. - The Texas Stars and Ontario Reign went back and forth all game long until Justin Auger buried the game-winner just over a minute into overtime to hand the Stars their first overtime loss of the season, 4-3, on Wednesday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Auger's game-winner came on a breakaway at 1:09 of the extra frame. Texas had been a perfect 6-0 in overtime this season prior to tonight's loss. Jason Dickinson extended his points streak to four games for Texas after tallying an assist on Brian Flynn's shorthanded marker in the game.
The Stars (17-10-0-1) continue their road trip on Friday when they visit the San Jose Barracuda at 9 p.m. CST.
Texas opened the scoring 14 seconds into the second period after an Andrew Bodnarchuk shot ricocheted off the end wall and bounced off the back of Ontario's Cal Petersen. The Reign (13-11-0-1) responded four minutes later on an odd-man rush as Austin Wagner buried a rebound goal to even the score. The two teams traded goals again late in the second as Ontario took their first lead of the night from Andrew Crescenzi's fourth of the year at 14:36, but the Stars answered back on Flynn's shorthanded tally with just over a minute remaining in the period.
Four minutes into the third period, Justin Dowling snapped home a power-play goal from the point to push Texas in front 3-2 on his fourth of the year. Cory Ward tipped in his first goal of the season for the Reign to tie the game up once again with 6:33 remaining in the third period, and set the stage for Auger's game-winner.
Landon Bow finished the game with 29 saves while Petersen had 22 in a battle of two of the AHL's top rookie goaltenders.
Texas was 1-for-4 on the power play. Onatrio finished 0-for-3.