The Texas Stars scored three goals in a span of 1 minute, 34 seconds in the third period to shock the Grand Rapids Griffins 5-4 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Wednesday night.
Gemel Smith notched a hat trick as Texas (27-27-1-2) overcame a 4-2 deficit to start the final period.
Smith scored two shorthanded goals on the same Griffins power play to tie the game before Brandon DeFazio scored the game-winner with less than four minutes left to play.
The Griffins (38-17-1-2) were in full control of the game after two periods, having scored four goals in the middle frame.
Ben Street scored twice in the period while Kyle Criscuolo and Matthew Ford added a goal apiece. Criscuolo’s goal tied the game under three minutes into the period. Ford followed that up less than two minutes later with a goal to put the Griffins up 2-1.
After Smith tied the game, Street scored twice within two minutes to put Grand Rapids up 4-2. One of the goals came on a power play. Grand Rapids was 1 of 3 with the man-advantage.
Travis Morin gave the Stars a lead 7:45 into the first period, but that’s all the offense Texas would create until Smith scored his first goal in the second period.
Justin Peters made 19 saves on 23 shots to take the win for the Stars. Eddie Pasquale was having a good game until he allowed three goals in less than two minutes. He made 17 saves on 22 shots.
The win makes it two in a row for Texas, after dropping seven out of their last eight.