Cedar Park, TX –
The Texas Stars were defeated by the Chicago Wolves 5-3 on Tuesday night at Cedar Park Center in Game 3 of the West Division Finals. Chicago right wing Spencer Machacek and defenseman Nathan Oystrick each scored a pair of goals as the Wolves claimed a 2-1 lead in the best of seven series. Chicago goalie Peter Mannino (6-3) picked up the win with 27 saves, while Stars goalie Brent Krahn
(5-2) suffered the loss after stopping 18 of 22 Chicago shots in 40 minutes of play. Texas center Perttu Lindgren
scored two goals in the Stars first home loss of the playoffs. Game 4 of the West Division Finals is Wednesday at 7:30 PM in Cedar Park.
The Stars took a 1-0 lead just 2:41 into the first period. Forward Perttu Lindgren
finished off a centering pass from Francis Wathier
, beating Wolves goalie Peter Mannino for his first goal of the night. Lindgren’s second goal of the postseason was assisted by Wathier and Raymond Sawada
. The Wolves countered at 5:46, as winger Spencer Machacek sent a shot past Texas goalie Brent Krahn for a power-play tally and a 1-1 score. At 8:33, Chicago capitalized on a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity and jumped ahead 2-1. Defenseman Nathan Oystrick fired a shot from the left point past Krahn for his first goal of the playoffs. The power-play goal was assisted by Tim Stapleton and Jason Krog. The Stars tied the game 2-2 with a power-play goal at 11:37. Forward Greg Rallo found Aaron Gagnon
open at the bottom of the left-wing circle for a shot past Mannino on the stickside. The power-play goal was Gagnon’s second in postseason play.
Chicago claimed its second lead of the night at 14:49. Winger Brett Sterling scored from the bottom of the left-wing circle, beating Krahn on the stickside for the 3-2 Wolves lead. The Wolves extended their lead to 4-2 with 1:28 remaining in the middle period. Nathan Oystrick scored his second goal of the night after firing a shot from the left point. Riley Holzapfel assisted on the power-play tally.
Stars goalie Matt Climie
replaced Krahn at the start of the third period after Krahn stopped 18 of 22 Wolves shots through 40 minutes of play. In the third period, Chicago expanded its lead to 5-3 when Machacek scored his second goal of the night at 7:28. The winger brought the puck down the right side and powered a shot past Climie on the gloveside. At 14:58, Lindgren scored his second goal of the night for the Stars, bringing Texas within two goals of the Wolves at 5-3. Defensemen Andrew Hutchinson and Dan Jancevski each tallied assists on Lindgren’s third goal of the playoffs. West Division Finals Schedule (best of seven)Game 1 - Texas 4 at Chicago 3 (OT)
Game 2 - Texas 3 at Chicago 4 (OT)
Game 3 - Chicago 5 at Texas 3 (Chicago leads series 2-1)
Game 4 - Wed., May 5 - Chicago at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 - Fri., May 7 - Chicago at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 - Sun., May 9 - Texas at Chicago, 3:00 p.m. - X
Game 7 - Tues., May 11 – Texas at Chicago, 7:00 p.m. -XX = If Necessary
The best-of-seven series continues at Cedar Park Center for Games 4 and 5. The Stars will host the Wolves on Wednesday, May 5th at 7:30 PM for Game 4. Game 5 will be at Cedar Park Center on Friday, May 7th at 7:30 PM. If necessary, Chicago will host Games 6 and 7. Game 6 is slated for Sunday, May 9th at 3:00 PM and Game 7 on Tuesday, May 11th at 7:00 PM.
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.