Hershey defenseman John Carlson
scored a tie-breaking power-play goal with 2:08 to play in regulation as the defending AHL champion Hershey Bears beat the Texas Stars 4-2 on Wednesday night to even the Calder Cup Finals at two wins apiece.
The Bears, who dropped the first two games on home ice, have won two straight on the road to pull even heading into Game 5 on Friday night in suburban Austin. The Bears' win assured that the series will return to Hershey for Game 6 on Monday night.
Carlson, who scored the gold medal-winning goal for Team USA at the World Junior Championships, got his game-winner after Texas, the Dallas Stars
' top farm team, was called for a too many men on the ice penalty at 17:21. Just 32 seconds into the ensuing power play, Carlson pinched into the slot and redirected a feed from Keith Aucoin
past Stars netminder Matt Climie
for his first goal of the 2010 AHL postseason.
Carlson had one goal in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games for the parent Washington Capitals
Aucoin, who kicked off the night’s scoring with a power-play goal of his own late in the first period, picked up his AHL-leading 22nd postseason assist on the game-winner. Alexandre Giroux
added an empty-netter with 27 seconds remaining.
Aucoin and Texas' Greg Rallo
exchanged first-period goals. Perttu Lindgren
gave Texas its only lead of the night when he beat Michal Neuvirth
at 10:47 of the second period during a power play. Hershey's Jay Beagle
tied the game with a power-play goal at 13:45.
Hershey finished 3-for-5 on the power play and is now 4-for-10 in the last two games after an 0-for-15 drought with the extra man.
Neuvirth finished with 26 saves, while Climie made 25.