|Mike Condon (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)|
"It was a tough game for us coming off the road trip with 17 hour travel day on Wednesday," said Coach Laxdal. "If you look at our body of work, I didn't like it. Our heads weren't into it and we didn't do a lot of great things. We had a 3-2 lead in the third period and the last two goals were major breakdowns."
If the Stars had been able to at least tie the game to make it to overtime, they would have clinched a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs. Now that will have to wait until tomorrow, when these two teams face again.
Rookie Mike Condon had a solid night in net for the Bulldogs, stopping 41 against Texas including 18 in the final frame.
Nick Sorkin scored the opening and game-winner goals for the Bulldogs in the back-and-forth affair. The two teams were never separated by more than a goal.
Branden Troock opened the scoring for Texas in the first with a tip play off a Julius Honka shot. Derek Hulak had a goal you'll need to go watch on the highlight reel where he tipped the puck out of midair behind Condon and into the net. The Stars final goal was a bad angle shot on Condon that went in completely uncontested off the stick of Justin Dowling.
The Stars were 1/2 on the power play and held Hamilton scoreless on three power plays.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Valentine, Stransky (scratch)
Faksa, Meech (injury)
Tonight's attendance was 5,696.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Hamilton - April 10 2015