Corey Tropp scored a natural hat trick as he cashed in on three straight power plays to lift the San Diego Gulls to a 4-3 win over the Texas Stars at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Wednesday night.
Tropp scored three goals in less than four minutes to give the Gulls (16-13-1-0) a 4-2 edge heading to the final period. Kalle Kossila assisted on every goal of the night for San Diego.
The Stars (18-13-3-1) held a 2-1 lead heading to the middle frame before penalties proved costly.
Texas started the night on the right foot, with Austin Fyten scoring at 7:50 into the first period. Fyten’s first goal of the season was assisted by Samuel Laberge and Colin Markison.
After Nic Kerdiles tied the game less than two minutes later, Gavin Bayreuther gave Texas its final lead of the game. The goal ended a 28-game goal-scoring drought for Bayreuther.
Tropp notched his first goal at 7:39 into the second period to tie the game again. His second score came less than two minutes later. Tropps final goal, the game winner, was scored 11:11 into the second period.
Curtis McKenzie pulled the Stars to within one goal early in the third period, but Texas wouldn’t score again.
Reto Berra earned the win, stopping 22 of the 25 shots he faced. Mike McKenna was hit with the loss as he saved 27-of-31 shots.