"That’s why you’re here," said Glen Gulutzan, the new coach of the Texas Stars, who is coaching the prospects, as well. "You want to see progress, you want to see players learn, and we’re seeing that."
Dallas took a hard-fought 4-3 win over Columbus Wednesday to move to 1-1-1 in pool play. The Stars finished third in the Western Division of the eight-team tournament and will play the Detroit Red Wings (the third place team in the East) at 2 p.m. CDT Thursday for fifth place in the tournament.Richard Bachman
was great in goal as he had 35 saves and allowed only two 5-on-3 goals and a puck that deflected in off of his own defenseman. That was a big improvement on Bachman’s performance in a 9-6 loss to St. Louis in the tournament opener.
"You just want to get out there and play again after a game like that, so this was fun," Bachman said. "It’s good to just get in there and forget about everything else and just play."
Bachman was under siege early as he had to stop a Columbus power play just 1:19 into the game and also had to face a penalty shot in the first period. He came through untarnished by either and the Stars came out with a 1-0 first period lead on a deflected goal by Sergei Korostin.
"It’s good sometimes to get tested, especially if you get through it," Bachman said. "You get a lot of confidence."
The Stars built on that confidence by going up 2-0 on a power play goal in the second period. Scott McCulloch jabbed in a puck that had trickled through the pads of Columbus goalie Jamie Tucker. Zak Stebner and Scott Glennie
had the assists on the play.
Columbus then came back, as the game started to get more physical, and scored twice on 5-on-3 power plays. Matt Calvert tallied both goals for the Blue Jackets, and Dallas was faced with a tie just 43 seconds into the third period.
The excitement was just getting started as Korostin scored his second goal of the game at the 2:15 mark, and then Columbus came right back when a puck deflected in off of Hubert Labrie
’s skate at the 4:09 mark.
But a game that included four fights continued to be played physically, and Dallas took advantage. Columbus was hit with a four minute penalty for high sticking, and the Stars capitalized on the ensuing power play. Mathieu Tousignant
, who has earned an AHL/ECHL contract with the Texas Stars, crashed the net to punch in a rebound for the game-winner.
"It was a really hard fought game, and it’s good to go through that with your teammates," said Glennie. "I just feel like we’re playing better every game, and we’re hoping we save our best for (Thursday).