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Benn shoots Texas Stars past Hamilton

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

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Cedar Park, TX – The Texas Stars defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 2-1 in overtime on Friday night in front of 6,215 fans at Cedar Park Center in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Stars rookie winger Jamie Benn scored his second goal of the night 5:52 into overtime, helping the Stars tie the best-of-seven series 2-2. Texas goalie Matt Climie (3-2) made 26 saves as the Stars improved to 6-1 at Cedar Park Center in the playoffs. Bulldogs’ goalie Curtis Sanford (4-2) stopped 31 Texas shots in the defeat.  The Stars host Game 5 on Saturday, May 22nd at 7:00 PM.

 
After a scoreless first period, Hamilton capitalized on a power play, scoring at 8:56 of the middle frame for a 1-0 lead. Bulldogs forward David Desharnais brought the puck from the goal-line into the Texas crease, poking a shot past Climie for his team-leading 19th point of the postseason. Ryan Russell and Brock Trotter set up Desharnais’ power-play tally.
 
Just 24 seconds into the third period, Stars winger Jamie Benn tied the game with a shot in front of the net. The forward scooped up a rebound from Colton Sceviour’s shot and beat Hamilton goalie Curtis Sanford on the stickside. Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson also notched an assist on Benn’s team-leading 12th goal of the playoffs.
 
The game went to overtime tied 1-1. At 5:52 of overtime, Benn scored his second goal of the night, lifting the Stars to a victory over the Bulldogs. Benn found a rebound in front of the net from Mathieu Beaudoin’s shot, and fired the puck past Sanford for the game-winning tally, and 20th point of the postseason.

Western Conference Finals Schedule
Game 1 - Texas 2 at Hamilton 3 (OT)
Game 2 - Texas 1 at Hamilton 3
Game 3 - Hamilton 4 at Texas 5 (OT)
Game 4 – Hamilton 1 at Texas 2 (OT) (Series tied 2-2)
Game 5 - Sat., May 22 – Hamilton at Texas, 7:00 pm CT

Game 6 - Mon., May 24 – Texas at Hamilton, 6:30 pm CT
*Game 7 - Wed., May 26 – Texas at Hamilton, 6:30 pm CT
*if necessary

The series continues in Cedar Park, TX for Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. Game 5 will be on Saturday, May 22nd at 7:00 pm at Cedar Park Center. Games 6 and 7 will be in Hamilton, starting with Game 6 on Monday, May 24th at 7:30 PM (ET), and if necessary, Game 7 is slated for Wednesday, May 26th at 7:30 PM (ET)
 
To purchase a Calder Cup playoff package, which offers fans the same seat for all 16 possible home games, fans may call 512-GO-STARS. To rent a suite for a home playoff game or book a group, those interested may call 512-GO-STARS. Individual tickets for playoff games at Cedar Park Center also can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, visiting any Ticketmaster outlet or the Cedar Park Center box office, or online at ticketmaster.com.
 
2010-11 Season ticket packages to see the Stars play in their second season at the Cedar Park Center are on sale now, starting as low as $12.00 a seat. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com. Anyone interested in purchasing season tickets, suites, group tickets or mini-plans may call the Texas Stars front office.

STARGAZING

-- The Idaho Steelheads’ season was halted tonight after a ECHL Kelly Cup-clinching Game Five win by the Cincinnati Cyclones; the final score was 2-1. Each game in the series between Idaho and Cincinnati was decided by just a single goal. Defensman Guillaume Monast finished the playoffs with one goal, four assists and was a +15.

--  Stars prospect Scott Glennie and the Brandon Wheat Kings are one win away from the Memorial Cup title with thier 5-4 overtime victory in the semi-final against the Calgary Hitmen tonight. The Wheat Kings will face the defending champion Windsor Spitfires in the championship final on Sunday.





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