It was a good start to the Calder Cup Finals for the Texas Stars, Dallas' AHL affiliate. Texas beat Hershey, the top team in the league, 2-1 on Thursday. Hershey had not lost at home (eight straight wins) in the playoffs before Thursday's defeat. So that's a big win for Texas. Game 2 is Saturday in Hershey.
Goalie Matt Climie continued his good playoff run with 26 saves. The Austin American-Statesman wrote about the game here. Part of that story:
Texas looked comfortable on enemy ice against the defending Calder Cup champions with that one-goal lead.
The Stars' defense was organized and aggressive, and goalie Matt Climie was solid down the stretch — making 12 of his 26 saves in the third period.
"They blocked a lot of shots. We didn't have a real good shot mentality," Hershey coach Mark French said. "They are a strong defensive team with some size."
The Bears managed only two shots on goal in the first period, had five by the halfway point of the game and finished with just 27.
Those are the kinds of numbers that play right into the Stars' wheelhouse.
"They're a really good team. We had to play our game, and keep their big guys off the score sheet," Texas defenseman Matt Stephenson said. "They can score with the best of them."
For more, you can go to Andrew's Stars Page and check out his recap.