After what would looked like a great start and leading 3-1 after the 1st period of Game 3. The Stars and their fans were looking to have a huge night and go up 3-0 to possibly put them in a position to clinch the Calder Cup Championship Tonight. Instead it was the Hershey Bears who came back big time with 5 unanswered goals in the 2nd & 3rd periods to come back to win 6-3.
In addition to the Loss, a scary moment came in the 3rd period when Andrew Hutchinson was hurt and had to sit out the rest of the game. Good news is that he was able to skate at the morning skate this morning at Cedar Park as a part of the preparation for Game 4 tonight. The bad news is that Hutchinson is a game time decision tonight to see if he will play.
If not, then it's starting to look like that Trevor Ludwig would take his place most likely as he would be paired up with Ethan Graham according to the Texas Stars Blog called Hundred Degree Hockey.
One thing that is known is the fans, after having just over 7,000 fans at the game at Monday Night, this is showing the city of Austin that the Texas Stars Hockey Team has officially arrived in Central Texas and expect another packed house tonight at the Cedar Park Center.
Like Game 3 on Monday, the team is asking fans to white out the building again and the first 5,000 fans through the doors tonight will get thundersticks to bang together to make a lot of noise tonight.
The Texas Stars showed that they can have a big period in Game 1 and be able to keep it going. If Texas can show the strong first period they had on Monday Night, the Stars should be fine and will be looking at a 3-1 series advantage with a shot to win the Calder Cup on Friday Night.
However, it's clear that the Bears have stolen momentum from the 2nd & 3rd period performances after 2 goals from Andrew Gordon, Kyle Wilson and Mathieu Perreault in the game on Monday Night. A Hershey win would tie the series at 2-2 and would a return trip to Hershey for at least Game 6 on June 14.
Check out the Texas Stars tonight as the AHL will be playing Game 4 tonight at the Cedar Park Center as the game will be streamed live on the AHL Website as well, also it will be on the radio on ESPN Austin & XM-Sirius Radio on the NHL Home Ice Network. Game time is 7:30 PM Tonight.
Texas Stars Website, Game 4 Preview: www.texasstarshockey.com/news/news/index.html?article_id=329
Hershey Bears Website: Game 4 Preview: www.hersheybears.com/news/detail.php?bp=index.php&id=3255
Austin American Statesman, Calder Cup Notebook: www.statesman.com/sports/pro/texas-stars-calder-cup-finals-notebook-735595.html
Austin American Statesman, Hershey Back in this Series: www.statesman.com/sports/pro/hershey-beats-stars-gets-back-in-series-733270.html
Lebanon Daily News, Bears return the Favor: www.ldnews.com/hersheybears/ci_15246415
Hundred Degree Hockey, Game 4 Preview: http://hundreddegreehockey.blogspot.com/2010/06/gameday-preview-stars-v-hershey-bears_09.html
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