Dickinson's Heroics Lead Stars to 4-3 Overtime WinNov 1, 2016
Second-Year Forward Tallies Game-Winner in Season Debut
TUCSON, Ariz. -- After leading his team in game-winning goals a season ago, Jason Dickinson picked up right where he left off on Wednesday night with the overtime-winner to lead the Texas Stars to a 4-3 road win over the Tucson Roadrunners at Tucson Arena.
It was the season debut for Dickinson after missing the opening month of the season. Matej Stransky also scored for the Stars (5-3-1-0) for the fourth straight game. Phil Desrosiers turned aside 22 shots in his second win of the season. The Roadrunners (4-1-1-0) saw their four-game winning streak come to an end in the loss.
The Stars continue their road trip on Friday when they begin a weekend set against the Bakersfield Condors at 9 p.m. CST.
Dickinson snapped home his winning goal from the top of the right circle with 1:09 remaining in the overtime frame. Remi Elie and Mattias Backman tallied the helpers.
Things got off to a fast start when both teams traded three goals in a 1:23 span midway through the opening period. After Texas opened up a 7-2 advantage in shots, the Roadrunners snuck their way onto the scoreboard with a deflection goal at the 8:48 mark by Michael Bunting. Stransky responded for Texas at the halfway mark of the period with his team-leading sixth goal of the season, and his fifth in the last six games.
12 seconds later, Ethan Werek tallied his first goal and point as a Star from the bottom of the left circle on a tight-angled shot to make it a 2-1 Texas lead.
The Roadrunners battled back in period two with a Jamie McBain goal at 7:02 and a power play goal by former Star, Chris Mueller, at 18:47. 25 seconds after Mueller put Tucson in front, Stars’ rookie Mike McMurtry knotted things at 3-3 with the first goal of AHL career.
Adin Hill stopped 35 shots in the losing effort for the Roadrunners.
Texas went 0-for-3 on the power play. Tucson finished 1-for-3.
Julius Honka’s team-high, six-game point streak ended in the Texas win.
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The Texas Stars are the primary development affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, and are currently playing their eighth season at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Full season, 24-game, 12-game and six-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. Hill (TUC)
2. Mueller (TUC)
3. Dowling (TEX)
W - Desrosiers
L - Hill
Photo Credit: Tucson Roadrunners