The Texas Stars returned home after a very successful six-game road trip, staged another third period rally to force overtime but only could get one point this time instead of two.
Houston’s Jason Zucker scored 3:07 into overtime to lift the Houston Aeros to a 2-1 overtime victory over the Stars at Cedar Park Center Friday night.
“We came out and played a good game. It’s hard,” said Stars goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp, who stopped 18 of 20 shots.
The loss was just the second in the last seven games for the Stars (5-1-1-0), but they did pick up a point for the 11th time in their last 13 games (8-2-2-1).
“It’s good to get the point,” said Texas coach Willie Desjardins. “Houston is a good team. It’s always tough to come off the road and play well. I thought we played a real good game. We had chances to win. But Houston is just a good team.”
Brenden Dillon scored the lone goal for Texas, which is winless in its last three home games (0-1-2-0).
The Aeros, who got a 35-save effort from goaltender Matt Hackett, won their sixth straight game.
The Stars, who had four power play chances in the opening period, outshot the Aeros 16-5 over the first 20 minutes, but Houston scored the only goal and it came on their first shot of the game.
Just seconds after Houston’s first power play of the night expired, Kris Fredheim’s shot from the point deflected off traffic and past Nilstorp 5:32 into the game.
There was no scoring, no power plays and not a lot of scoring chances in the second period.
The Stars tied the game with 6:36 remaining in regulation. Travis Morin sent the puck to Dillon, whose shot from the point beat Hackett.
In overtime, Zucker got behind the Texas defense, broke in on net and beat Nilstorp with a backhand shot.
“He came with high speed from the neutral zone and roofed it,” said Nilstorp. “It was a good goal.”
*The Stars’ last three games have gone beyond regulation.
*The Stars are 4-3 in games that have been settled in either overtime or a shootout. They are 1-2 in games settled in four-on-four overtime this season, and they are 3-1 in games settled in the shootout.
*The Stars were 0-4 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.
*Brenden Dillon’s goal was his second of the season.
*Francis Wathier’s assist in the game was his ninth, which leads the team.
*Houston has won three of four games against Texas this season.
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