Cedar Park, TX –
The Texas Stars were defeated by the Hershey Bears 6-3 on Monday night in front of 7,014 fans at Cedar Park Center in Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals. Hershey scored five unanswered goals after trailing at the end of one period 3-1. The Bears cut the Stars series lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Bears forwards Andrew Gordon, Kyle Wilson and Mathieu Perrault each scored two goals, leading Hershey to its first win against the Stars in the finals. Hershey goalie Michal Neuvirth (11-4) made 27 saves in the win, while Texas goalie Matt Climie
(7-4) stopped 23 of 29 Hershey shots in the defeat. Stars defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, as well as wingers Francis Wathier
and Raymond Sawada
each notched a goal in the loss. Texas will host Game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm at Cedar Park Center.
Stars defenseman Andrew Hutchinson opened the scoring for Texas with a power-play goal at 5:59 of the first period. Hutchinson received a cross-ice pass from Garrett Stafford
and ripped a one-timer from the top of the left point. The shot went off a Bears defender past Hershey goalie Michal Neuvirth and into the net for the 1-0 Texas lead. Stars winger Jamie Benn
notched an assist on Hutchinson’s fifth goal of the postseason. Hershey got on the board at 10:33 when forward Kyle Wilson scored his fifth goal of the playoffs. Wilson received a pass from winger Francis Bouchard and sent a shot past the stick of Stars goalie Matt Climie
, tying the game 1-1. Just 42 seconds later, Texas went ahead 2-1 after winger Francis Wathier
scored a shorthanded goal off a Hershey turnover. Wathier picked up the puck and scored after Hershey’s Neuvirth misplayed it. Wathier’s second goal of the postseason gave Texas a 2-1 lead. With 2:03 remaining in the opening frame, Texas increased its lead to 3-1. Winger Scott McCullough brought the puck up the left-wing side and sent a pass back to Raymond Sawada
in the slot. Sawada beat Neuvirth on the gloveside, scoring his third goal of the postseason. Center Warren Peters
also added an assist on the tally.
At 12:27 of the second period, Wilson scored his second goal of the night, bringing the Bears within one goal of Texas at 3-2. Wilson received a pass from Keith Aucoin in the crease and fired a shot past Climie on the stickside. Chris Bourque also notched an assisted on the power-play goal. Just 88 seconds later, Hershey tied the game 3-3 after center Mathieu Perrault tipped in a shot from defenseman Karl Azner. Perrault was posted in front of Climie in the crease and redirected Azner‘s shot from the left point, scoring his sixth goal of the postseason.
In the third period, Hershey went ahead 4-3 after winger Andrew Gordon poked the puck through the Texas crease and past Climie. Gordon’s 12th goal of the playoffs came at 6:41 of the final frame and was assisted by Aucoin and Bourque. At 8:12, the Bears gained a 5-3 lead when Perrault scored his second goal of the evening. Perrault received a pass from winger Alexandre Giroux on the backdoor and snuck a shot past Climie on the gloveside. The Bears extended their lead to 6-3 at 12:07. Gordon ripped a shot from the blueline and down the slot, beating Climie for his second goal of the night and team-leading 13th goal of the postseason. Alzner tallied an assist on the goal. Calder Cup Finals Schedule (best of seven)
Game 1 – Texas 2 at Hershey 1
Game 2 – Texas 4 at Hershey 3 Game 3 – Hershey 6 at Texas 3 (TEX leads series 2-1)
Game 4 – Wed., June 9 – Hershey at Texas, 7:30 pm
Game 5 – Fri., June 11 – Hershey at Texas, 7:30 pm
*Game 6 – Mon., June 14 – Texas at Hershey, 6:00 pm
*Game 7 – Wed., June 16 – Texas at Hershey, 6:00 pm*if necessary... All times Central
Tickets are going fast for the Calder Cup Finals at Cedar Park Center. The Stars expect capacity crowds for the next two contests; for pricing and availability, fans 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.
The Texas Stars are asking fans to wear WHITE
to Cedar Park Center for every home game of the 2010 Calder Cup Finals. For Games 4 and 5, the first, 5,000 fans will receive a pair of Texas Stars Thundersticks. Cedar Park Center will provide $2.00 domestic drafts and $1.00 hot dogs for all three home games.
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.