Photo credit: @sjbarracuda
By Marko Ukalovic
Forward Brian Flynn was the hero for the Texas Stars (23-15-4-2) as he scored the game-tying and game-winning goals for his team to snap the San Jose Barracuda’s (19-16-1-2) two-game winning streak with a 3-2 overtime victory at the H-E-B-Center at Cedar Park on Tuesday night.
Flynn set up the dramatic win when he scored the game-tying goal with 1:26 left to go in the third period. His 11th goal on the season came on the power play when the Stars pulled their goalie for a 6-on-4 advantage. Flynn was able to redirect a shot from the point past Antoine Bibeau (12-7-1).
In overtime, Flynn would complete the comeback and sent the 4,580 fans home happy with his 12th goal of the season when he steered a zone-entry pass from Justin Dowling top-shelf over Bibeau’s left shoulder, handing San Jose its first overtime loss of the season.
There was no scoring in the first period, but there were plenty of scoring chances on both sides. Both goalies came up big with Bibeau making 13 saves and Landon Bow making 10 saves, respectively.
The Barracuda drew first blood in the second period when Alexander True scored his sixth goal on the season when at the 2:41 mark when Jon Martin found the rookie forward uncovered in the low slot from below the goal line as True was able to bury the puck past Stars goalie Landon Bow (15-8-3).
The Stars would come back to tie it on the power play when Roope Hintz snuck a shot from below the right circle through Bibeau’s five-hole for his 13th goal on the season at the 12:58 mark.
San Jose would regain the lead late in the period when Marcus Sorensen scored his seventh goal of season by following up his blocked shot and beat Bow on the left side with 1:40 left to take a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. Rudolfs Balcers received an assist on the goal.
Bow finished the night with 28 saves on 30 shots for the victory. Bibeau suffered the loss with 30 saves on 33 shots.
GAME NOTES: The Cuda are 2-1 on the current 6 game road trip. San Jose were 0/1 on the power play while Texas was 2/3. There were no penalties called on either team in the 1st period.
UP NEXT: San Jose continues their tour of the Lone Star State when they travel to San Antonio to open a two-game series with the Rampage on Thursday night at 5 pm PT.