Flynn's Late Heroics Lead Stars to Comeback Win, 3-2Jan 23, 2018
CEDAR PARK, Texas - On a Tuesday night where it looked like Antoine Bibeau was going to steal the game for the San Jose Barracuda, Brian Flynn had other plans scoring both the game-tying and game-winning goals to lift the Texas Stars to a 3-2 overtime win in front of 4,580 fans in attendance at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.
Flynn tipped home a power-play goal with just over a minute to play in regulation, then touched home another with 2:17 remaining in overtime for his 12th of the season and the Stars' ninth overtime win of the year, leading the American Hockey League.
The Stars (23-15-4-2) begin a weekend set against the Stockton Heat on Friday at 7:30 p.m. CST.
With the extra attacker on the ice for a 6-on-4, two-man advantage for Texas, Travis Morin tallied his league-leading 35th assist after setting up Flynn for a redirect goal from the half-wall to knot the score. Justin Dowling then set the table for Flynn's overtime-winner as the forward drove down the slot and tipped home Dowling's centering pass from the left-wing boards.
It was the third straight for Texas, who split their four-game series against the Barracuda (19-16-1-2). Morin's assist extended his point streak to four games. Landon Bow earned his 15th win of the season, stopping 28 of 30 in net.
Despite a handful of key saves throughout the night, Bibeau suffered the loss in a 30-save performance. The San Jose netminder stopped four tight chances in the slot in period one, followed by a shorthanded odd-man rush for Texas in the second and kept the Stars' offense at bay in the third until Flynn finally broke through in the final minutes.
After a scoreless first period, the offense started to open up with the Barracuda striking first at 2:41 of the second on an Alexander True goal. With seven minutes remaining, Denis Gurianov set up Roope Hintz down the slot for a power-play goal to even things up on his 13th of the season, but Marcus Sorensen made it a 2-1 lead for Barracuda late, scoring on his own rebound.
Texas finished 2-for-2 on the man-advantage while the Barracuda missed on their only chance of the night.
Photo Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars