Stars' Season Ends in Game 4 Loss to GullsApr 29, 2016
Stars - 29
Gulls - 37
San Diego Eliminates Texas with a 3-1 Series Win
SAN DIEGO -- Two power play goals in the opening two minutes of the second period snapped a tie game and catapulted the San Diego Gulls to a 6-2 win in Game 4 on Friday night at Valley View Casino Center to eliminate the Texas Stars from the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Brendan Ranford and Brett Ritchie each scored for Texas in the loss. San Diego won the best-of-five series, 3-1.
The game was tied up at 1-1 off first period goals from Shea Theodore of San Diego and Ranford, but a 5-on-3 power play for San Diego to begin period two is what turned the tide. Chris Mueller scored seven seconds in on a rush down the middle and Antoine Laganiere from the right circle at 1:17 made it a 3-1 San Diego lead.
Joseph Cramarossa forced a turnover at center ice and finished an odd-man rush at 8:20 for a shorthanded goal to make it a three-goal Gulls lead entering the break.
In the third, Ondrej Kase tapped in a power play goal on the doorstep at 7:34. Ritchie snapped his first of the playoffs past Matt Hackett from the left circle at 15:08 to make it a 5-2 deficit for Texas, but Cramarossa scored an empty-net goal late to cap off the scoring.
Jack Campbell suffered the loss stopping 14 of 18 shots, and was relieved midway through the second by Maxime Lagace, who finished 17 of 18 in net. Hackett stopped 21 of 23 in a relief win for Anton Khudobin, who left the first period early after being run into by his own player Brandon Montour.
Texas finished 0-for-5 on the power play. San Diego went 3-for-6. The Stars were outshot 37-29.
The Texas Stars are the primary development affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars and currently in their seventh season at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Full season, 24-game and 12-game ticket packages for the 2016-17 campaign are on sale now. For more information, call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit TexasStars.com.
1. Matt Hacket (SD)
2. Joseph Cramarossa (SD)
3. Chris Mueller (SD)
W - Hackett
L - Campbell
Photo Credit: Vince Rappleyea/San Diego Gulls