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Stars Pound IceCaps 6-3 in Game 1 of Calder Cup Finals
Stars Pound IceCaps 6-3 in Game 1 of Calder Cup Finals

Glennie, Morin Each Score Twice to Lead Texas to Victory over St. John’s

Scott Glennie, Chris Mueller, and Dustin Jeffrey each tallied three points each and AHL MVP Travis Morin added a pair of goals as the Texas Stars defeated the St. John’s IceCaps 6-3 Sunday night in front of a crowd of 5,625 fans at Cedar Park Center in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals.

The Stars struck first on the power play when Scott Glennie found Travis Morin at the right circle, where he ripped a wrist shot past the outstretched glove of St. John’s goalie Michael Hutchinson for the 1-0 lead. Texas dominated in shots on goal for the period 11-6, with the IceCaps’ first shot not coming until the 14-minute mark of the first.

St. John’s responded less than two minutes into the second period as Will O’Neill picked up the loose puck off a blocked shot in the slot and put it past a sprawling Cristopher Nilstorp, knotting the game at one. Chris Mueller broke the deadlock two minutes later after receiving a pass in the neutral zone from Dustin Jeffrey and streaking into the zone up the right side, before launching a laser wrist shot top corner. The Stars added another when, on the rush, Jeffrey dished a pass to a trailing Glennie, who sniped the puck into the same corner of the net, beating Hutchinson high on the glove-side and giving Texas a 3-1 advantage. Morin notched his second of the night late in the second, combining with rookie Brendan Ranford for a shorthanded goal. Coming into the zone on a two-on-one, Morin swung a pass across to Ranford, who whiffed on the shot, but retained possession of the puck and carried it behind the net, where he executed a beautiful spin-pass back to Morin in front for the finish and a 4-1 Stars lead.

The IceCaps cut the deficit to two early in the third when Kael Mouillierat took the rebound off a blocked shot in front and fired it through traffic and in. Texas answered at 8:27 when Mueller missed a long stretch pass, but regained the puck down low and flung a pass to Jeffrey on the left side, who then slid it across to an oncoming Glennie for a tap-in into the vacated net, extending the Stars’ lead to 5-2. Jordan Hill brought it back to a two-goal game 51 seconds later with a blast from the point that found its way through traffic before ricocheting off the post and in. Texas sealed the victory with a Mike Hedden empty netter, cementing a 6-3 win in Game 1 of the 2014 Calder Cup Finals.

Cristopher Nilstorp (10-4) stopped 26-of-29 shots faced and earned his 10th win of the playoffs in net for Texas. St. John’s goalie Michael Hutchinson (11-6) had 17 saves on 22 shots and was saddled with his sixth loss of the postseason. The IceCaps outshot the Stars 29-23 and went 0-for-4 on the power play. Texas was 1-for-2 with the man-advantage.

The Stars will continue the Calder Cup Finals against the St. Johns Ice Caps with Game 2 on Monday, June 9th for a 7:30 p.m. face off at Cedar Park Center. Monday’s game is H-E-B Night and also a Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night. Texas Stars season ticket packages for the 2014-15 season are on sale now. For more information, call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com.

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