Houston downs Texas Stars in OT, 4-3

The Texas Stars were able to pick up a point in Houston Wednesday night, but they couldn’t get two as they fell, 4-3, in overtime to the Aeros.

Kyle Medvec’s goal 2:15 into overtime helped the Aeros snap a two-game losing streak and gave them their second win in the last six games (2-3-0-1).

Matt Fraser, Cody Eakin and Antoine Roussel scored for the Stars, who have picked up points in 12 of their last 14 games (9-2-2-1). Cristopher Nilstorp got the start in goal and stopped 25 of 29 shots.

Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle and Nick Palmieri each had one goal and one assist for the Aeros.

The Aeros struck first, getting a goal from Granlund at the 7:28 mark of the first period. Granlund beat Nilstorp high to the glove side on a two-on-one rush.

The Stars, who outshot the Aeros 8-4 in the period, didn’t get their first shot until just past the midway point of the period. They scored a couple minutes later when Jordie Benn put a shot on net from the left point and Fraser slipped the loose puck past Aeros goalie Matt Hackett at the 13:08 mark.

The Aeros took a 2-1 lead at 3:31 of the second period when Palmieri scored off a sharp angle backhand shot while driving the net.

The Stars went on a five-on-three power play less than four minutes later, didn’t score on the two-man advantage but did cash in on the five-on-four when Eakin grabbed a deflected pass and  beat Hackett with a shot from just above the goal line.

Houston went on its first power play late in the second, and scored to take a 3-2 lead. Granlund sent a pass from behind the net to Coyle, who scored off a blast from the slot with 2:55 left in the period.

The Stars tied the game at 6:24 of the third when Roussel drove the net off the rush and slipped the puck past Hackett and just over the goal line with a backhand shot. The goal wasn’t immediately called and play continued. After a whistle, the play was reviewed and a goal was awarded.

In overtime, Nilstorp came up with a couple of big stops before defensemen Kyle Medvec pinched in and knocked home the rebound of a Palmieri shot to give Houston the victory.

Notes

*Cody Eakin left the game in the third period after taking a high stick.

*Texas coach Willie Desjardins juggled his lines late in the second period, moving Tomas Vincour to the top line with Reilly Smith and Eakin, and moving Alex Chiasson to the third line with Antoine Roussel and Mike Hedden.  There was more juggling after Eakin left the game in the third.

*Jack Campbell saw 27 seconds of action in the game, taking over in net early in the first period for Cristopher Nilstorp, who went to the bench for an equipment repair. Nilstorp returned after one missed shift.

*After going through a stretch where they allowed just six goals in seven games, the Stars have allowed ten goals over the past two games.

*Matt Fraser’s goal was his 11th of the season, moving him into the team lead.

*Texas is 1-3 in games settled in four-on-four overtime this season.

Texas lineup

R. Smith-Eakin-Chiasson/Vincour
Fraser-Morin-Sceviour
Hedden-Roussel-Vincour/Chiasson
Gazdic-Petersen-Wathier

Benn-Oleksiak
Nemeth-Dillon
Labrie-Fortunus

Nilstorp (starter)
Campbell (backup)

Injured: Sloan, Glennie
Scratched: Vause

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