Dallas Comes Back Strong Against Minnesota But Falls in Shootout 5-4

After trailing 3-1 going into the third period, Dallas came back to make it to overtime 4-4, ultimately falling in the shootout, 5-4.

Here are a few notes:
  • Adam Mascherin had the first fight of the season with Minnesota's Louis Belpedio after the latter crushed Ty Dellandrea on a legal hit on the near boards. Mascherin figures to be a big part of the plans for the top six in Cedar Park this season. It's interesting to see that he might have a physical edge to his game as well. That's not really been big part of the Stars' game in a while, but it could add a new wrinkle.
  • Sam Laberge had a quick fight in the second period, but it didn't amount to much.
  • Jason Robertson scored in the first and third and assisted on the go-ahead tally in the third as well to tally a tourney-lading seven points. Robertson is too young to come directly to Texas this season thanks to the NHL-CHL Transfer Agreement, but he will likely be another ATO at the end of the season in March/April, depending on how his Kingston Frontenacs fare in the OHL playoffs.
  • James Phelan got a penalty shot chance in the third period with Texas down 3-2. The five hole shot was denied. Phelan is on an AHL contract to Texas after finishing up his major junior career with Moncton, collecting a total of 74 points in his final season on 64 games between Victoriaville and Moncton.
  • Miro Hesikanen scored twice in the third period to tie the game and then push it to a 4-3 Dallas lead. Do you need to say much else about the first rounder at this point?
  • Ben Gleason has been Heiskanen's power play partner, and he's looked pretty good. The defenseman won the OHL championship with Hamilton this past year and had 3-15=18 in 21 playoff games to get there. He was the top scoring defenseman on the squad in the regular season as well (9-39=48).