The Texas Stars converted three penalty shots in a shootout against the Stockton Heat to take a 5-4 win at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Saturday night.
Gemel Smith proved to be the most valuable Star on Saturday as he assisted on three goals and scored the winning goal in the 3-2 shootout. Ethan Werek and Travis Morin also put the puck in the net in the tiebreaker.
Mike McMurtry and Matt Mangene each scored a goal and assisted on another to help the Stars improve to 30-31-1-4.
The teams alternated goals throughout the game and neither scored in overtime to force the shootout.
Matej Stransky opened up the scoring with a power play goal in the first period.
Oliver Kylington answered Stransky’s goal 2:25 into the second period. The teams combined for six goals in the middle frame.
Mangene scored to make it 2-1 for Texas, assisted by McMurtry and Smith.
Tyler Wotherspoon tied the game once again with a power play goal 7:39 into the period.
McMurtry scored his goal less than a minute later to put Texas up 3-2.
Less than 30 seconds after McMurtry scored, Mike Angelidis tied the game again.
Brandon DeFazio scored the Stars’ final goal in regulation with the help of Smith’s third assist of the game.
Andrew Mangiapane’s goal at 14:46 into the final period set the stage for an overtime period.
Mangiapane and Mark Jankowski scored back-to-back goals in the shootout but it wasn’t enough.