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Texas sinks Hershey in Game 2 to take 2-0 series lead

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

Hershey, PA – The Texas Stars defeated the Hershey Bears 4-3 on Saturday night in front of 10,872 fans at the Giant Center in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals. Texas forward Travis Morin scored the game-winning goal with 45.3 seconds remaining in the contest, giving the Stars the victory and a 2-0 series lead heading home for Game 3 on Monday at Cedar Park Center. Forwards Aaron Gagnon and Mathieu Beaudoin also scored as Texas improved to 8-4 on the road in the playoffs. Stars defenseman Garrett Stafford also netted a goal, as Texas handed Hershey the first set of back-to-back regulation losses at home this year (playoffs and regular season). Texas goalie Matt Climie (7-3) made 25 saves, helping the team to its fourth straight victory. Hershey forwards Steve Pinizzotto, Andrew Gordon and Francois Bouchard each scored in the loss. Hershey goalie Michal Neuvirth (10-4) stopped 19 Texas shots in the defeat. Texas will host Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals on Monday night at 7:30 pm at Cedar Park Center.


In the first period, Texas struck for the game's opening goal just one minute into the contest. Right wing Colton Sceviour tipped the puck at center ice to Aaron Gagnon. The Stars center took off on a breakaway and snuck a shot between the legs of Hershey goalie Michal Neuvirth for his seventh goal of the playoffs and a 1-0 Texas lead. Hershey countered with a shorthanded goal at 7:40. Winger Steve Pinizzotto picked off a puck at the Hershey blueline and led a two-on-one rush back into Texas territory. Pinnizzotto evened the scoring with a slapshot from the top of the right-wing circle, beating Climie for his fifth goal of the playoffs. The shorthanded goal tied the game 1-1.

In the second period, the teams traded goals once again. Texas pushed in front with the first power-play goal of the series at 11:03 of the middle frame. Stars defenseman Garrett Stafford blasted a shot that deflected off a Hershey defender and into the Bears net for the 2-1 Texas lead. Stars defenseman Andrew Hutchinson and forward Perttu Lindgren assisted on Stafford's fourth goal of the playoffs. Hershey countered to tie the game 2-2 at 11:49. Forward Francois Bouchard blasted a one-timer from the high-slot, beating Climie on the stick side for his fourth goal of the playoffs. Hershey defenseman Patrick Wellar and forward Ashton Rome picked up the assist on the Bears second goal of the night.

In the third period, the Stars pushed ahead with a 3-2 lead after a goal by Mathieu Beaudoin at 3:18 of the final frame. Perttu Lindgren split the defense and slipped a pass to Beaudoin who beat Michal Neuvirth for his fourth goal of the playoffs and the team's third tally of the night. The Bears tied the game for the third time of the night at 10:44. Forward Andrew Gordon put in a rebound off a Patrick Wellar shot, netting his 11th goal of the playoffs and tying the game 3-3. Texas charged back to take the lead in the last minute. Forward Scott McCulloch threw the puck into the Hershey zone, banking the puck off the end boards. Stars forward Travis Morin scooped up the puck and snapped backhand shot to the Hershey net. The puck deflected off Bears goalie Michal Neuvirth and into the net for the game-winning goal and a 4-3 final.

Calder Cup Finals Schedule
Game 1 – Texas 2 at Hershey 1
Game 2 - Texas 4 at Hershey 3 (TEX leads series 2-0)
Game 3 – Mon., June 7 – Hershey at Texas, 7:30 pm
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



To purchase a Calder Cup Finals playoff package, which offers fans the same seat for all three 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.

The Texas Stars are asking fans to wear WHITE to Cedar Park Center for every home game of the 2010 Calder Cup Finals. For Game 3, the first, 5,000 fans will receive a Texas Stars playoff t-shirt, compliments of State Farm. 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.

Fans who want to watch Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals may do so at Cedar Park Center. The Texas Stars will host a watch party inside the bowl of Cedar Park Center. The Austin Diamond District Ice Girls will be on hand, providing numerous giveaways. The game will be broadcast on the four-sided HD video board above center ice and the audio of the radio broadcast will be played through the state-of-the-art sound system. Fans may sit in the Club Section and receive In-seat service for food and beverages.

Admittance and parking to the event are free. The parking lot and doors at Cedar Park Center will open at 5:00 PM with the games starting at 6:00 pm. Cedar Park Center is running food and drink specials for the watch parties. 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.






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