Morin Powers Stars to 3-2 Shootout Win over San JoseOct 28, 2017
CEDAR PARK, Texas - Travis Morin scored the winning goal in round two and Mike McKenna shut the door in round three to give the Texas Stars a 3-2 shootout win Saturday night at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.
McKenna denied San Jose's Michael Brodzinski in the final round to secure the Texas win and finished 26 of 28 on the night. Matt Mangene and Roope Hintz each scored for the Stars (5-3-0-1) in regulation. Morin anchored a penalty kill from the Stars in the final minute of overtime with two clearing efforts and a shot block to get the game to the shootout.
"Two big moves. Two big goals. That's a huge weekend for us," said Mangene after the Stars won their second straight game after regulation.
Texas opens a four-game road trip on Thursday against Bakersfield at 8:30 p.m. CST
San Jose’s John McCarthy forced the extra frame with a power-play goal at 6:42 of the third.
After McKenna and San Jose's Troy Grosenick kept the game scoreless through the first, the Barracuda (3-4-0-1) broke through first when Filip Sandberg scored 15 seconds into the second period with a laser from the top of the left circle. Mangene pulled Texas even at 8:25 on a breakaway, fending off a backcheck from Olivier Archambault and slipping the puck behind Grosenick for his third of the year.
With 1:08 left in the period, Hintz gave the Stars a 2-1 lead on wrist-shot goal in the slot for his third of the season.
"I tried to mix the lines up a little bit," said head coach Derek Laxdal. "On our second goal I ended up putting McKenzie with Dickinson and Morin and [Dickinson] came off on a change and Roope scored there so that was a good move for us."
McCarthy stuffed home his power-play goal at the right side of the goal crease to knot the score in the third.
Morin extended his point streak to four games with an assist on the Hintz goal. Grosenick stopped 22 of 24 in the shootout loss.
Texas went 0-for-6 on the power play and San Jose 1-for-8.