It wasn’t pretty, but it was two points for the Texas Stars Sunday evening in Peoria. Playing their third game in three nights, the Stars were a little sluggish but overcame a 2-0 deficit, shook off a late game-tying goal by the Peoria and then survived a ten-round shootout in defeating the Rivermen, 4-3.
Alex Chiasson scored the winning goal, tallying off a wrist shot in the tenth round of the shootout. Cristopher Nilstorp stopped nine of ten in the shootout and made 38 saves in regulation and overtime for his sixth win of the season.
Cam Barker, Jordie Benn and Reilly Smith scored goals for the Stars, who improved to 4-1-0-0 on their current stretch of six straight games on the road. The Stars, who have won seven of their last ten overall (7-2-1-0), are 10-8-1-1 on the season.
The Rivermen, who are winless in their last three, scored two goals in a 2:35 span late in the first period to take a 2-0 lead in the game. The first goal came off a scramble in front of the net. After Nilstorp lost track of the puck, Tyler Shattock knocked it into the net at the 15:05 mark.
Peoria went on the game’s first power play two minutes later, and took advantage. After taking a pass from T.J. Hensick, Derek Nesbitt scored off a blast from the slot at 17:40.
The Stars had only three shots in the second period – none on a 4:00 power play – but the third shot went in with 7.9 seconds left in the period to cut the Rivermen’s lead to 2-1. Barker put a shot on net from the point and it found its way through traffic and by Peoria goaltender Jake Allen.
The Stars scored two quick goals midway through the third to take the lead in the game. Toby Petersen put a shot on goal from the left wing off the rush and Benn scored off the rebound at the 9:13 mark to tie the game at 2-2.
Just 14 seconds later the Stars had a 3-2 lead when Smith skated into the right circle and beat Allen with a wrist shot for his third goal of the season.
Peoria went on a power play with 1:00 remaining and pulled Allen for the extra attacker, and tied it when Nesbitt scored with 3.6 seconds left in regulation.
After a scoreless overtime, the two teams headed to a shootout. Texas’ Tomas Vincour and Peoria’s Phil McRae scored in the regulation portion of the shootout. It took five more rounds before it was settle, with Chiasson delivering the deciding goal.
*Peoria outshot Texas 41-22.
*Cristopher Nilstorp’s 38 saves in the game were a season-high.
*Nilstorp is 2-0 in shootouts this season, and has stopped 17 of 19 shots.
*Reilly Smith has three goals in the last four games.
*Smith also had an assist Sunday, giving him the first multi-point game of his AHL career.
*Jordie Benn has three goals in the last four games.
*Texas was 0-2 on the power play and 2-4 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars gave up the first goal of the game for the 16th time in 20 games this season. They are 6-8-1-1 when allowing the first goal.
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