|(Credit: Shane Abbitt/Iowa Wild)|
The rookie former first rounder Thomas Harley scored in OT to give Texas their first victory in the extra period on the season. The Stars also used their power play to great effect this evening, notching two en route to a 3-2 win over the Wild in Des Moines.
Colton Point notched his second win of the season, and rookie Riley Damiani earned his fourth point of the season. All good signs for the early season.
Newcomers Ryan Shea and Riley Damiani were both key on the first Stars goal. On the power play, Shea dished to Damiani on the left-wing dot. Damiani found Tye Felhaber, who had drifted uncovered into the slot around the hashmark. He beat Dereck Baribeau to give Texas the first goal of the game for the first time this season.
Iowa would even things up within the frame, however. While it wasn't a power play goal on the scoresheet, it came just as Jake Slaker rejoined the play after one. Gabriel Dumont finished the play for the tie after one.
In the second, the Texas power play struck again. Ben Gleason and Josh Melnick played catch a little bit between the blue line and the top of the right wing circle. Melnick positively rifled one past Baribeau high glove from that spot, earning his first of the year.
Some of those self-inflicted wounds from Saturday returned in the third period as Ben Gleason fired a puck right to Gabriel Dumont instead of the easy clear up the boards. Dumont buried the tying goal behind Point. Dumon almost had a hat trick on a breakaway but Colton Point held it out on the backhand try.
The club's went to overtime and it looked like Texas was going to shoot themselves in the foot twice early with unforced icings. Rookie Thomas Harley was the overtime hero, however, as he seemed determined to score on his first shift of the frame. Finally, he got his goal, off the back of Baribeau. A picture is worth a thousand words, so check out the play below.
Texas comes home on Friday for their home opener against San Jose.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Barach, Porco, Stranges, L. Martin, M. Martin, Jurusik (scratch)