Stars Force Overtime, but Fall to Ontario, 3-2Jan 5, 2016
Stars - 31
Reign - 26
Texas Scores Twice in the Third to Earn a Point
ONTARIO, Calif. -- The Texas Stars scored a pair of goals late in the third period to knot the game and force overtime, but Kevin Gravel’s one-timer from the right circle ended things and handed the Ontario Reign a 3-2 win on Tuesday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena in front of 6,814 in attendance.
Brett Ritchie and Jason Dickinson scored the late goals for Texas to earn the overtime point. Justin Auger finished with three points for the Reign (18-8-2-1).
The Stars (17-14-3-3) return home on Friday to host the Chicago Wolves at 7:30 p.m. CST.
After a scoreless first period, Auger opened up the scoring in period two with a power play goal after a clearing attempt by Stars netminder John Muse deflected off the Ontario forward and in the net at 10:28 for his seventh of the season.
Auger extended the Ontario lead to 2-0 at 7:06 of the third from the slot, but the Stars came charging back late in the frame. Ritchie snapped a power play goal past Peter Budaj at 11:39 from the slot to put the Stars on the board with assists from Brendan Ranford and Ludwig Bystrom. Less than three minutes later, Dickinson slipped the tying goal in after Matt Mangene fed the puck towards the front of the net for the rookie forward’s eighth of the year.
Auger placed Gravel a crossing pass in the right circle for the one-time shot that ended the game.
Texas finished 1-for-3 on the power play. The Reign went 1-for-6.
Muse finished the night 23 of 26 in net for the Stars. Budaj earned the win stopping 29 of 31 shots.
The Texas Stars are the primary development affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars and currently in their seventh season at Cedar Park Center. Full season, 24-game and 12-game ticket packages for the 2015-16 campaign are on sale now. For more information, call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit TexasStars.com.
1. Justin Auger (ONT)
2. Kevin Gravel (ONT)
3. Peter Budaj (ONT)
W - Budaj
L - Muse
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