The Texas Stars head home with a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five first round series against Oklahoma City in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Playoffs.
The Stars won both games in Oklahoma City in overtime, rallying to force the extra playing time in both cases.
And it was one for the record books as the Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, ousted Colorado in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Here’s a look at the past week for the Dallas Stars’ AHL and ECHL affiliates.
Wednesday, April 23: Texas 3, Oklahoma City 2 (OT)
Mike Hedden scored at 5:35 of overtime as the Texas Stars rallied to win 3-2 at Oklahoma City in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series.
The Stars fell behind 2-0, but Derek Meech scored on the power play at 14:32 of the second to cut the Barons’ lead in half and then Hedden scored at 7:18 of the third to tie the game.
In overtime, Hedden scored on the rebound of a Justin Dowling shot to give Texas the victory and a 1-0 series lead.
Dowling had two assists in the game. Cristopher Nilstorp got the start in goal and stopped 26 of 28 shots.
Saturday, April 26: Texas 3, Oklahoma City 2 (OT)
Travis Morin scored two goals, including the game-tying goal with less than a minute left in regulation, and then assisted on Brendan Ranford’s game-winner at 15:04 of overtime as Texas took a 2-0 series lead.
Jack Campbell got the start in goal and stopped 38 of 40 shots, including 11 in overtime.
The Stars overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits in the game. Morin sent the game to overtime by scoring with 39.8 seconds left in regulation. With Campbell out of the net for an extra attacker, Morin took a pass from Justin Dowling and beat Barons goaltender Richard Bachman from close range.
In overtime, Ranford beat Bachman with a wrap-around shot with 4:56 remaining in the extra period.
Game 3 is in Cedar Park on Wednesday. Games 4 and 5 – if necessary – will be in Cedar Park as well.
(Texas leads series 2-0)
Game 1: Wednesday, April 23rd, Texas at Oklahoma City: Stars 3, Barons 2 (OT)
Game 2: Saturday, April 26th, Texas at Oklahoma City: Stars 3, Barons 2 (OT)
Game 3: Wednesday, April 30th, Oklahoma City at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
*Game 4: Friday, May 2nd, Oklahoma City at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
*Game 5: Saturday, May 3rd, Oklahoma City at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
*Travis Morin (two goals, one assist) and Justin Dowling (three assists) lead Texas in scoring with three points each through the first two games.
*Texas forward Scott Glennie was suspended for one game for a boarding incident in the first game of the series. He sat out Saturday’s game.
*Stars defenseman Cameron Gaunce missed Game 2 of the series after being injured on a hit from Oklahoma City’s Steve Pinizzotto. The AHL suspended Pinizzotto two games for the hit, which was a boarding call.
*Texas forward Brett Ritchie has missed the first two games of the series with a lower body injury.
*Texas defenseman John Klingberg is out for the rest of the season due to hip surgery. Dallas GM Jim Nill said Klingberg, a top defense prospect for the NHL club, is expected to be ready by training camp.
*Dallas goaltending prospect Philippe Desrosiers, a second round pick in 2013, signed an amateur tryout contract with Texas last week. He will serve as the team’s third goaltender and will spend time getting acclimated to the professional game. Desrosiers is expected to return to juniors next season.
Here was the lineup Texas rolled out in its last game:
Idaho Steelheads move on with 4 OT win
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, moved on to the second round of the playoffs by ousting Colorado, 4-2, in the Western Conference quarterfinal series, and the clinching game was one for the record books.
When David de Kastrozza scored at 17:18 of the fourth overtime – yes fourth overtime – to give Idaho a 3-2 victory Monday night, it ended the longest game in ECHL history. That was 137 minutes, 18 seconds of playing time. It was 5 hours, 34 minutes of real time.
“What a testament to both teams,” Steelheads coach Brad Ralph told the Idaho Statesman. “Everyone fought hard. I don’t think you saw one player take a shift off. Everyone was playing for each other. We were fortunate to be on the winning side of that.”
Steelheads goaltender Josh Robinson tied an ECHL record with 83 saves, and told the Statesman that he didn’t remember many of them.
“It’s completely a blur,” Robinson said. “Just focus on the puck. I wasn’t thinking at all. It’s the only way to do it. You can’t let yourself get in your head.”
Idaho plays top-seeded Alaska in the next round.
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