In a heated game that could only be decided in overtime and with a video review, the Charlotte Checkers defeated the Texas Stars 3-2 on St. Patrick’s Day.
The game started much like Friday night’s, energized, competitive and intense, and almost uneventful through the first period. With less than a minute remaining in the period, the Stars went on the power play. But a quick turnover behind the net after the faceoff, and an ensuing wrap-around goal, put the Checkers up 1-0 with less than 30 seconds remaining in the period.
Halfway through the second period, Charlotte defenseman Rasmus Rissanen’s stick snapped, opening the ice in front of Texas’ leading-scorer, Matt Fraser. Fraser slammed the puck over Muse’s glove, tying the game. Just minutes later, Mike Hedden put the Stars in the lead. Hedden’s goal came off a pass from Justin Dowling, who snagged the puck as the Checkers tried to clear it. The Checkers wouldn’t relent, though and returned the goal with just two minutes remaining in the second period. It would be the final goal of regulation.
Both teams traded significant scoring opportunities in overtime, but Charlotte’s Chris Terry snagged the winner. The puck appeared to have been stopped by Campbell, and initially the goal was waved off as it appeared Campbell snagged. Upon review, however, it was decided the puck did cross the goal line as it slid over Campbell’s pad.
Next up for the Texas Stars is a three-game Cedar Park Center home stand. First up for the Stars is the San Antonio Rampage, who is currently in last place in the South Division standings. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night .