Jason Dickinson wins it in overtime for Texas Stars in 2-1 victory over Chicago

With Mike McKenna in Dallas due to Kari Lehtonen’s pleasant surprise, Landon Bow was tasked with being the undisputed gatekeeper, and did brilliantly, stopping 31 shots in Texas’ 2-1 victory over the Chicago Wolves

One could argue that Texas functionally won the game in the first period. Even with just two minors coming from the delinquency of Dillon Heatherington and Gavin Bayreuther, Texas was absolutely perforated.

It was a combination of breakdowns and raw pressure along the boards and on the rush that allowed Chicago to dictate the pace of the contest. Texas would be outshot 3-19 (!) just to give you an idea of how bad the first period was.

The Stars were the first to break through in the second period. Even though Chicago controlled much of the period, Texas did a good job of keeping the chances down, and only took one penalty.

Max French broke through on a nice zone entry, allowing Matt Magnene and Bayreuther to tag team for a focused attempt on a deflection once traffic got through. Eventually French found Magene behind the net to beat Chicago netminder, Kasimir Kaskisuo.

After that the teams kept the game pretty tight, with very few penalties and a lot of perimeter chances. Despite the low number of shots, Bow had to stay composed.

The third period was similar to the second, with both teams playing low chance hockey. Texas, and Bow in particular, seemed primed to earn a potential shutup. Andrew Bodnarchuk’s tripping penalty put the Wolves on the man advantage for the fourth time in the game.

It would prove costly, as former NHL regular Brandon Pirri managed to get open to beat Bow.

As a result, the teams went into overtime. Starting with a lineup of Jason Dickinson, Brent Regner, and Curtis McKenzie, Texas brought out the big guns for the even strength man advantage.

It took only a handful of seconds for Dickinson to beat a man on the outside, and unleash a well chambered wrister from the right dot to earn Texas a much needed overtime victory.

Texas returns to the ice on Friday for the early game against Cleveland at 12.

Line Up

Jason Dickinson – Travis Morin – Brian Flynn

Curtis McKenzie – Roope Hintz – Mark McNeill

Matt Mangene – Sheldon Dries – Denis Gurianov

Samuel Laberge – Max French – Colin Markison

Andrew Bodnarchuk – Gavin Bayreuther

Dillon Heatherington – Brett Regner

Reese Scarlett – Niklas Hansson

Landon Bow

Scratches: Fyten, Ully, Thompson, Dowling

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