Instead of the typical start time of 7:00, a previous event on the arena floor caused a later puck drop. The ice needed to be uncovered and resurfaced before the game.
The Barons scored the first goal of the game, on a breakaway by Roman Horak at 5:40 of the first period. His wrist shot from the slot beat goaltender Jack Campbell.
The Stars scored a power-play goal at 19:42, in the second period to tie the game. The AHL’s top scorer Travis Moran took a mere two seconds to score an unassisted power-play goal from a face-off win. This tied the game with a few seconds remaining in the second period.
Jujhar “JJ” Khaira scored his first post-season goal at 11:57 of the third period, on a rebound near the Stars crease. “It was a nice forecheck by Travis [Ewanyk] and Jack [Combs], I shot it as quick as possible,” said Khaira. “JJ beat a goalie that had been playing well all night,” said Nelson. “It will give him a huge amount of confidence.”
With 2:13 remaining in the third period, offsetting minor penalties were assessed. The teams skated 4 on 4. The Stars answered back with 23 seconds remaining in the third period, Moran earned his second score of the night.
“It all comes down to puck management; getting the puck out of our end,” said Brad Hunt.
Game 2 was headed to sudden-death overtime; eleven minutes into overtime, offsetting minors were assessed again. Brendan Ranford poked the puck into the corner of the net to end the game.
“They had a wrap-around and we didn’t get there in time, We had opportunities in over-time,” Nelson said. “They capitalized on theirs; we didn’t.”
Shots on goal were almost even in each period. Richard Bachman stopped 36 of 39 shots, while Jack Campbell stopped 38of 40 shots for the win.
The best of five series heads to Cedar Park Texas for the remaining games. Game three is scheduled for Wednesday.