CEDAR PARK, Texas - The Texas Stars scored on three of four shots in the second period on their way to a 6-3 victory in Game 1 of the Calder Cup against the St. John's IceCaps on Sunday.
Chris Mueller, Scott Glennie, and Travis Morin all scored in the second for the Stars even though St. John's outshot Texas in the period 12-4.
Will O'Neil had momentarily tied the game at 1-1 for St. John's 1:47 into the second, but Mueller countered on a breakaway two minutes later.
Glennie and Morin scored similar goals, both coming on odd-man rushes with shots that beat IceCaps netminder Michael Hutchinson to the glove side.
St. John's countered in the third period on goals by Kael Mouillerat and Jordan Hill, but Glennie's second goal of the game gave Texas the added insurance it needed.
Morin gave Texas a 1-0 lead 3:08 into the game on a power play.
Morin beat Hutchinson on the Stars' first true scoring chance of the game? a shot from below the right circle after a pass from Glennie.
Texas didn't allow a shot on goal until there was just six minutes left in the first and outshot St. John's 11-5 in the opening period. But things changed in the final two periods as the IceCaps finished with a 23-12 shot advantage in the final two periods.
Mike Hedden added an empty net goal for Texas to reach the final deficit.
Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 26-of-29 shots for Texas, while Hutchinson made 17 stops.
Game 2 is Monday back at the Cedar Park Center.