The Dallas Stars needed a regulation win over Carolina Monday night to advance to the championship game at the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, but they'll play for fifth place after falling, 6-3, to the Hurricanes.
Ethan Szypula, Jordan Topping, and Devin Shore scored goals for the Stars, who finished the preliminary round of the tournament with a 1-1-1 record.
"I thought we played okay," said Texas Stars coach Derek Laxdal, who is coaching Dallas prospects in Traverse City. "Like I told the guys after the game, I thought our D zone was a little loose, and they have pretty good skill on that team, and they picked it apart."
The Stars didn't allow a shot for the first 6:51 of the game, but Carolina scored two goals in 28 seconds to take a 2-0 lead by the 7:41 mark of the first period. Szypula scored on a rebound less than a minute after the second Carolina goal to make it 2-1. Topping tallied early in the second to tie it, but Carolina's Roland McKeown scored on the power play at 6:19 of the second and less than five minutes later Steven Lorentz scored on a redirection to five the Hurricanes a 4-2 lead.
"We were chasing the game after that," Laxdal said.
Carolina extended the lead to 5-2 on a Mike Ferrantino goal at 12:40 of the third. The Stars pulled goaltender Philippe Desrosiers early for an extra attacker, and Shore scored from the slot with 4:08 left to cut the lead to 5-3, but Carolina's Sergey Tolchinsky sealed the win with an empty-net goal less than a minute later.
"I liked the effort of the kids. They didn't quit, battled back. Overall, it wasn't bad," Laxdal said. "We ended up putting over 30 shots on goal. I thought their goaltender played very well. They got a break on the one goal, but they have a really good hockey club over there with a lot of skill."
*The Stars will play St. Louis in the fifth-place game Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. Central Time. Carolina and Detroit will play in the championship game.
*Landon Bow will get the start in goal for the Dallas prospects in Tuesday's game. This will be the first start of the tournament for Bow, who is under an AHL contract with the Texas Stars this season. Texas coach Derek Laxdal started Philippe Desrosiers in Monday's game because the Stars had a chance to advance to the championship game. Desrosiers stopped 26 of 31 shots. Had the Stars advanced to the title game, Desrosiers would have been the likely starter according to Laxdal.
*Through three games, Cole Ully leads Dallas with three goals and Ully, Niklas Hansson and Grayson Pawlenchuk are tied for the team lead with three points each.
*Ully's three goals are tied for the tournament lead.
*Defenseman Brandon Anselmini leads Dallas with a plus-4 rating.
Remi Elie - Devin Shore - Cole Ully
Nick Caamano - Mike McMurtry - Denis Gurianov
Samuel Laberge - Ethan Szypula - Jordan Topping
Grayson Pawlenchuk - Cordell James - Connor Chatham
Ludwig Bystrom - Niklas Hansson
Chris Martenet - Brandon Anselmini
Ondrej Vala - Miro Karjalainen
Scratched: Henri Kiviaho, Austin Glover, Gordon Ballhorn
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