The Stars seemed to do everything right but took too many penalties in the game, giving up two power play goals, one of which was the game winner.
Texas started the game with two quick penalties and yielded a goal on the second. David Desharnais scored down low on Matt Climie to make it 1-0 just 5:22 into the game. The Stars got a power play of their own just past the halfway mark of the period. Jamie Benn capitalized, whipping a weak shot five-hole on tender Curtis Sanford. Benn's goal was just the 3rd shot on goal in the period for the Stars. Desharnais made sure that the tie did not last long, scoring on a knucklepuck from the high slot. The puck ticked off Brock Trotter and beat Climie high. Texas was outshot 15-5 in the period.
Shots were more even in the second period, where Texas outshot the Bulldogs 8-7. The Stars scored the only goal of the period on the power play toward the end of the 2nd. Again, it was Jamie Benn. With Mike Glumac in the box for tripping, Dan Jancevski fired a pass down from the left point to the bottom of the right wing circle where Jamie Benn one-timed it past Curtis Sanford. Texas went to the 2nd intermission tied at two.
Texas and Hamilton skated a scoreless third despite three Texas penalty kills, including one that would extend into the overtime period. The final penalty was a pure mental mistake, a too many men penalty. The Stars last penalty of the period would prove lethal though, as the Bulldogs scored 14 seconds into the overtime period. Brock Trotter collected a rebound off Matt Climie and put one home tight on the left side. David Desharnais assisted the goal and had a three point night.
Texas did everything right in this game and could have just as easily won. Texas gave up 6 minor penalties in the game though. Hamilton went 2/6 on the PP. Texas went 2/4 on the PP themselves though. It was a solid game by Texas, but the penalties killed the game. Texas will have to be more disciplined on Sunday to have a chance at the tie.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Graham, Korostin, Shelast, Ty. Ludwig, Chupp, Gazdic (scratched)
Tonight's attendance was 2,977.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Hamilton - May 14 2010