Texas Stars head coach Derek Laxdal earned his 100th American Hockey League victory as the Texas Stars defeated the Iowa Wild 3-2 in overtime in Des Moines Friday night.
Nick Ebert scored his second goal of the game two minutes into overtime to give the Stars their 20th win of the season. His goal came on a deflection set up by Travis Morin. Ebert’s first goal of the night gave the Stars their first lead nearly midway through the third.
Landon Bow made 24 saves on 26 shots to earn the win for the Stars.
Iowa (18-19-4-1) took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Kurtis Gabriel 13:28 into the first period.
After a scoreless second period Texas (20-15-1-2) scored twice within 20 seconds in the third frame to take a 2-1 lead. Matt Mangene was assisted by Matej Stransky and Gemel Smith to tie the game. Ebert scored 20 seconds later, assisted by Brendan Ranford and Andrew Bodnarchuk.
Stransky and Smith each have four-game point streaks.
Sam Anas tied the game with less than six seconds left in regulation to force the overtime period. He was assisted by former Texas Star Maxime Fortunus and Mario Lucia.
Alex Stalock stopped 24 out of the 27 shots he faced in the loss.
Neither team cashed in on power play opportunities as the Stars went 0-for-5 and the Wild went 0-for-4.
The teams face each other once again at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Texas will go for its fourth win in a row.