Stars Shoot Down Gulls in Overtime, 5-4Oct 26, 2017
CEDAR PARK, Texas - After a penalty-filled first period and sixty minutes of back-and-forth scoring, Andrew Bodnarchuk ultimately ended the night with the overtime-winner to lift the Texas Stars to a 5-4 win over the San Diego Gulls on Friday at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.
Bodnarchuk slipped home a breakaway goal with 90 seconds to play in overtime for the Stars (4-3-0-1). Texas never held a lead throughout the night and battled back to tie the game three separate times before picking up the win.
Texas hosts San Jose Saturday at 7 p.m. CST.
Dillon Heatherington forced the extra frame with his second goal in as many games 5:15 into the third on a shot from the point. The Gulls (3-3-1-0) had taken a 5-4 lead two minutes earlier on a goal from Jordan Samuels-Thomas.
San Diego started fast by opening up a 2-0 lead in the first 11 minutes of the game. Jason Dickinson on the rebound, and Curtis McKenzie on a loose puck in the crease, each scored in the final six minutes of the first pull the game back to even.
Mitch Hults deflected home a power play with 6:28 remaining in the second to make it 3-2, San Diego, but Sheldon Dries came right back for the Stars with a wrist shot goal on the rush three minutes later.
Mike McKenna earned his fourth win of the season stopping 16 of 20 shots. Kevin Boyle suffered the loss stopping 27 of 32.
Texas finished 0-for-5 on the power play while San Diego went 1-for-5 and scored a power-play goal in their seventh straight game to set a new team record.
Stu Bickel and Scott Sabourin each picked up game misconducts in the closing minutes of a first period that ultimately added up to 68 minutes in penalties, 59 for San Diego alone.