Texas Stars one win from advancing to conference finals


Mike McKenna made 27 saves as the Texas Stars defeated the Tucson Roadrunners 2-0 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Pacific division finals of the Calder Cup playoffs at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Wednesday night.

Curtis McKenzie and Andrew Bodnarchuk netted a goal apiece while Brian Flynn assisted on both scores.

The win sets the Stars up with three chances to win one game. They can close out the series at home on Friday. If they don’t, they’ll have two opportunities to win the series in Tucson.

Neither team broke through in the first period as Adin Hill made five saves for the Roadrunners. McKenna faced 10 shots in the period and stopped them all. Hill was ultimately hit with the loss, finishing the game with 26 saves on 28 shots.

McKenna recorded his second shutout of the playoffs.

Texas scored the winning goal at 12:08 into the middle frame when McKenzie cashed in on a power play with help from Justin Dowling and Flynn. With the performance, Flynn leads the the Calder Cup playoffs with 10 points.

The Stars doubled their lead on a goal by Bodnarchuk. Denis Gurianov and Flynn assisted on the play.

Texas held strong in the final period, only letting Tucson get off five shots in the final frame.

The puck drops for Game 5 at the H-E-B Center at 7 p.m. Friday. A win would send the Stars to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2014.



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