Andrew Gordon scored twice in the third period Monday night as the defending AHL champion Hershey Bears rallied from a 3-1 deficit for a 6-3 victory over the Texas Stars in Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals.
Kyle Wilson and Mathieu Perreault also scored twice as the Washington Capitals’ top farm team cut their deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-7 series before a season-high crowd of 7,014 at the Cedar Park Center. The Stars host Game 4 on Wednesday night and Game 5 on Friday.
For the first time since the 1992 series between Adirondack and St. John’s, the road team has won each of the first three contests in the Calder Cup Finals.
Texas, the top farm team of the Dallas Stars, came home after winning the first two games in Hershey and got off to a quick start when Andrew Hutchinson’s pass deflected off the stick of Hershey’s Boyd Kane and into the net for a power-play goal 5:59 into the game.
Wilson tied it at 10:33 by tipping in a pass from Francois Bouchard. But Francis Walther put Texas back on top with a shorthanded goal at 11:15, and Raymond Sawada made it 3-1 at 17:57 with his first goal since April 17.
But the Bears’ potent offense, which mustered only four goals in the first two games of this series combined, took control over the final 40 minutes. Wilson and Perreault began the flurry by scoring 1:28 apart midway through the second period. Perreault’s power- play goal snapped Hershey’s 0-for-16 drought with the extra man.
Perreault then sandwiched a third-period marker in between a pair of goals from Gordon, with all three occurring in a span of 5:26. Gordon now has 13 goals in this year’s playoffs, one behind Texas’ Jamie Benn for the AHL lead.
Hershey's Michal Neuvirth recovered from a shaky start and stopped the last 19 shots he faced over the final 40 minutes.
Texas, which saw its four-game winning streak come to an end, allowed six goals in a game for the first time since a 6-3 loss to Peoria on Feb. 5.