Dallas Stars prospects wrapped up the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City on a positive note, rallying for a 5-3 victory over St. Louis Tuesday night. Denis Gurianov and Devin Shore both had one goal and one assist and Landon Bow stopped 33 shots for the Stars, who finished in fifth place with a 2-1-1 record.
Mike McMurtry, Connor Chatham, and Nick Caamano also scored for the Stars, who overcame a 2-0 deficit in the game.
"Four games in five nights is hard on these kids, but I thought in the second period we controlled most of the play and played the way we were capable of," said Texas Stars coach Derek Laxdal, who coached the Dallas prospects. "It was a nice way to finish off with a win."
The Stars got off to a slow start, getting outshot 19-5 in the first period and falling behind 1-0 when Glen Gawdin scored for St. Louis. Bow was superb in the first period, stopping 18 shots.
"I thought Landon Bow was solid from start to finish," Laxdal said. "I thought he showed himself well in the game."
Bow, who is under an AHL contract with the Texas Stars this season, was making his first start of the tournament.
"It was nice to get a lot of shots there early. It didn't give me a lot of time to think about anything else other than just play hockey," Bow said. "I felt really good out there."
The Blues extended the lead to 2-0 early in the second period. But the Stars responded with four straight goals in just under nine minutes to take control of the game. McMurtry scored on a wrist shot to get the Stars on the board at the 6:34 mark. Chatham scored into an open net after Blues goaltender Ville Husso got caught out of positiong at 11:42 of the second. Caamano scored on a breakaway to put the Stars up, 3-2, at the 14:46 mark. And less than a minute later Gurianov made a slick move off the rush and setup Shore, who scored from close range to give the Stars a 4-2 lead.
"The goal [Gurianov] set up with Shore was a beautiful goal," Laxdal said. "He took the defenseman inside, outside and made a backhand pass."
The Blues cut the lead to 4-3 late in the second, but Shore set up Gurianov on the power play early in the third and the Stars first-round pick in 2015 scored from the left circle to make it a 5-3 final.
*Devin Shore (two goals, two assists) and Denis Gurianov (one goal, three assists) led the Stars in points with four each.
*Cole Ully led the Stars with three goals.
*Gurianov and Niklas Hansson were tied for the team lead with three assists.
*Ully led the Stars with 13 shots. Shore was next with 11. Gurianov, Grayson Pawlenchuk and Connor Chatham had 10 each.
Cole Ully - Devin Shore - Denis Gurianov
Nick Caamano - Ethan Szypula - Remi Elie
Samuel Laberge - Mike McMurtry - Jordan Topping
Grayson Pawlenchuk - Austin Glover - Connor Chatham
Ondrej Vala - Niklas Hansson
Ludwig Bystrom - Gordon Ballhorn
Chris Martenet - Miro Karjalainen
Scratched: Philippe Desrosiers, Cordell James, Brandon Anselmini
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