05 May 2010

Game 4 Goes To Texas As Wolves Fall, 3-2

Left wing Brett Sterling scored both of Chicago’s goals, while center Travis Morin tallied two of the Stars three markers.

“We played one solid period of hockey, and then they killed off a five-minute power play to get the momentum and controlled the game the rest of the way,” said Wolves Head Coach Don Lever.

Texas (6-2) got on the board first, 6:23 into the contest, when Morin intercepted the puck and beat goaltender Peter Mannino on a breakaway.

Chicago (6-5) needed just nine seconds on their first power play of the game to even the score, 1-1, at 11:12 of the first frame. Defenseman Nathan Oystrick fired a shot from the blue line and Sterling was able to beat Stars netminder Brent Krahn by redirecting it in front of the net.

Krahn (6-2) posted 21 saves on 23 shots for the Stars.

The Stars inched ahead, 2-1, at 6:06 of the third period. Center Greg Rallo threw a shot on net from high in the zone and Morin slammed home the rebound.

Sterling had the answer for Chicago, 2:31 later, to knot the score 2-2. Defenseman Noah Welch sent the puck down into the Stars zone with Jason Krog chasing it and Anthony Stewart and Sterling streaking in behind him. Krog knocked the puck bounced back to Stewart, who sent a pass across for Sterling to deposit into the empty left side of the net.

Texas regained the lead for good, 3-2, at 13:43 of the third period with a power-play goal from defenseman Dan Jancevski. Rallo cranked a shot on net from the blue line and Jancevski scooped up the rebound and put it past Mannino.

Mannino (6-4) recorded 20 saves on 23 shots for the Wolves.

Game 5 will be played at Cedar Park Center on Fri., May 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Chicago 1 0 1 -- 2

Texas 1 0 2 -- 3

First Period---1, Texas, Morin 1 (Wilson, Jancevski), 6:23; 2, Chicago, Sterling 2 (Oystrick, Pohl), 11:12 pp. Penalties---Gagnon, Texas (slashing), 11:03; G. Stewart, Chicago (high-sticking), 15:30.

Second Period---None. Penalties---Peters, Texas (boarding major, misconduct), 7:34; Kulda, Chicago (holding), 14:09.

Third Period---3, Texas, Morin 2 (Rallo, Stephenson), 6:06; 4, Chicago, Sterling 3 (Stewart, Krog), 8:37; 5, Texas, Jancevski 1 (Wathier, Rallo), 13:43 pp. Penalties---Cormier, Chicago (slashing), 0:27; Welch, Chicago (interference), 12:07; Wilson, Texas (high-sticking), 15:26; Crabb, Chicago (interference), 17:12.

Shots on goal---Chicago: 12-5-6--23. Texas: 6-11-6--23. Power plays---Chicago: 1-3. Texas: 1-5. Goalies--Chicago, Mannino (20-23). Texas, Krahn (21-23). A---3,017. Referee---Terry Koharski. Linesmen---Carl Sasyn and Aaron Mills.