San Diego learned from Game 2 and used their learnings to hand Texas a 6-1 defeat tonight in Southern California. The Gulls shifted their lineup smaller and quicker to take that advantage away from the Stars, and it worked. The game was a man-handling of the Texas Stars by the home side Gulls.
As was true in Game 2, the story of the game hinged on special teams. The Gulls opened the scoring on the power play and had a total of two goals on six chances, gifted to them by Texas.
Brandon Montour, who was quiet in the season series, got the opening goal as the Gulls scored the first four goals of the contest. Perhaps aided by a friendly home shot count, the Gulls vaulted 35 shots on Jack Campbell through the first two periods.
Esa Lindell would break up the shutout bid early in the third period, but Texas-native Stefan Noesen answered back to make it 5-1 in short order.
Texas has little time to digest this one as they sit on the precipice of the end of their season with Game 4 on Friday night.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Shore, Ully, Troock, Rallo (injury)
Blacker, Army, Ruusu, Evans (scratch)
Tonight's attendance was not available.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Diego - April 28 2016