The Texas Stars made sure that tonight's game was not like yesterday's and battled back to tie the best-of-seven series at 2. Texas never trailed in the game. Potting his first of the playoffs, Travis Morin opened the scoring in the first period with a breakaway goal after a sweet pass from captain Landon Wilson. Chicago's Brett Sterling tied it up just minutes later.
No scoring in the second, but that doesn't mean it wasn't without action. Warren Peters, who had been all over Spencer Machacek all night, took it one step to far and got a boarding major and game misconduct seven minutes into the second. "That .. was a little bit of a defining moment in the game," said Coach Gulutzan afterwards. The Stars battled hard and killed off all 5 minutes. "We had struggled with the PK," said Gulutzan, "and I think when you kill a 5 minute penalty off like that I think it gave us some momentum and confidence."
Travis Morin again found the scoresheet in the third. But again, Brett Sterling found the back of the net for the Wolves to even the match at 2. With 6 minutes left in the game and Chicago's Noah Welch in the box for interference, Texas would again strike. With Dan Jancevski rotated down low and Greg Rallo up at the point, Rallo took a slapper in on net. The initial shot bounced off goalie Peter Mannino and was fed by Francis Wathier to Jancevski, who was in the crease area with an empty net. "If I missed that," Jancevski said, "I'd probably be in trouble." Jancevski didn't fail and put the Stars up 3-2.
The Stars locked down the rest of the game to tie the series at two a piece. Full game recap available at Hundred Degree Hockey. The Texas Stars are in action again on Friday for their last home game in the series. The puck drops at 7:30 if you care to make the short trip down I-35.