The Texas Stars got back on the winning track with a 5-4 overtime win over the Cleveland Monsters at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night.
Niklas Hansson scored midway through overtime to put the Stars over the top. It was Hansson’s first career goal and gave the Stars their fourth overtime or shootout win in their last five victories. They’re 6-0 in overtime this season.
Despite giving up two goals to Sam Vigneault, the Stars were able to fend off the Monsters.
Cleveland scored two power play goals, including Vigneault’s second one that tied up the game with just over three minutes left in regulation. The Monsters went 2-for-5 on the power play while the Stars went 0-for-4.
Vigneault began the scoring with a goal almost five minutes into the first period.
Roope Hintz tied the game on assists by Denis Gurianov and Shane Hanna.
Nick Moutrey made it 2-1 for Cleveland on the Monsters’ first power-play goal.
Back-to-back goals by Mark McNeill and Andrew Bondarchuk gave the Stars a 3-2 lead before Cleveland tied it again.
Andre Benoit scored his first of the season to make it 3-3.
Matt Mangene put Texas ahead once again just 13 seconds after Benoit’s goal.
Landon Bow made 40 saves, though he allowed four goals, for the win. His 11 victories leads all rookie goaltenders.