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Stars Rally to Sink IceCaps in OT

Monday, 16.06.2014 / 9:54 PM / St. John's IceCaps
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Stars Rally to Sink IceCaps in OT
The Texas Stars rallied from a three-goal deficit to come away with a 4-3 overtime victory over the St. John\u2019s IceCaps in Game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals Monday night at Mile One Centre.

ST. JOHN’S, NL — The Texas Stars rallied from a three-goal deficit to come away with a 4-3 overtime victory over the St. John’s IceCaps in Game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals Monday night at Mile One Centre.

Travis Morin scored the game-winner 2:24 into the extra session, his second goal of the game and second straight overtime winner. With the win, the Stars took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Ben Chiarot, Carl Klingberg, and Kael Mouillierat had the markers for the IceCaps, who had a commanding 3-0 lead before the Stars mounted a ferocious comeback. Michael Hutchinson made 34 saves in a losing effort.

Chiarot staked the IceCaps to a 1-0 lead 13:02 into the opening frame, cashing in his second tally of the Calder Cup playoffs with St. John’s down a man. After Patrice Cormier won the draw, Chiarot took the feed from Adam Lowry before snapping a point shot that beat Cristopher Nilstorp high over the blocker.

With a minute remaining in the period, Nilstorp and Jamie Oleksiak came to the rescue to deny John Albert from finishing on what looked to be a sure wraparound goal, instead sprawling to deflect his shot off the post to keep Texas trailing by only a goal after 20 minutes of play.

The IceCaps came out strong again in the middle stanza, however, when Klingberg extended their advantage to two just 57 seconds in. Busting into the Texas zone, Klingberg finished off a give-and-go play with Mouillierat at the line by waltzing past the Stars’ defense before backhanding it past Nilstorp.

Mouillierat found the twine himself midway through the frame, this time with the IceCaps on a 5-on-3 man advantage. Taking the pass from Will O’Neill, Mouillierat ripped a one-timer short side from inside the circle.

Texas got on the board at 15:33, when Morin took a behind-the-net pass from Brendan Ranford and made no mistake firing it five-hole on Hutchinson to make it 3-1.

Less than three minutes later, Curtis McKenzie followed up on the rebound of Morin’s shot, burying it low past Hutchinson to draw the Stars to within one.

The Stars continued to pressure for the equalizer in the third period – with Hutchinson making a goal-line snag near the nine-minute mark to keep Brett Ritchie’s shot from crossing the line – before Ritchie eventually capitalized with just over two minutes left in regulation, wristing a shot high on Hutchinson from in tight to tie things up 3-3 and send the game to overtime.

In overtime, Morin took the pass from Ranford on the rush and one-timed a shot that eluded Hutchinson high over the glove, to win the game and take a 3-1 series lead.

Game 5 of the Calder Cup Finals goes Tuesday night (7:30 PM NT) at Mile One Centre. Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers on Rogers TV, Eastlink TV and AHL Live, or listen at www. stjohnsicecaps.com or 930AM. Pre-game kicks off at 7:00.

NOTES: Not dressed for St. John’s: Ryan Olsen, Cody Lampl, J.C. Lipon, Ryan Schnell, Josh Lunden, Julian Melchiori, Brandon MacLean, Austen Brassard, Jussi Olkinuora, Eddie Pasquale… Kael Mouillierat has scored a single tally in each game of the Calder Cup Finals (4)… St. John’s went 1-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill… St. John’s outshot Texas 21-5 in the first period, before being outshot 38-35 overall… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Travis Morin 2. Brett Ritchie 3. Carl Klingberg… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Kael Mouillierat.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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