November 23, 2012 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Texas Stars
CEDAR PARK, TX - Defenseman Chris Breen scored the only goal of the game eight seconds into overtime as the Abbotsford Head edged the Texas Stars 1-0 Friday night at Cedar Park Center.
The first period was a scoreless affair. Abbotsford had all the power play time, but failed to capitalize and the closest Texas came to scoring was when a Travis Morin shot rang off the left post.
In the middle frame it was the Heat's turn to rattle the frame as they hit the right post and the crossbar, but failed to beat Stars goalie Cristopher Nilstorp.
The third period was more of the same as both teams had plenty of power play opportunities, but it was the two penalty kill units and the two goaltenders that prevailed.
After such a long scoreless game, the ending was surprisingly abrupt. A mere eight seconds into overtime Sven Baertschi raced in and had his shot denied. The rebound came back out to the high slot and defenseman Chris Breen fired a shot past the blocker of Nilstorp to win the game in the sudden death period.
Abbotsford goalie Danny Taylor stopped all 19 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season and was named the game's first star. Cristopher Nilstorp had a strong night, making 28 saves on 29 shots and picked up third star honors in the losing effort for Texas. The Heat out-shot the Stars 29-19 and went 0-for-8 on the power play; Texas was 0-for-5 with the man-advantage.
The Texas Stars now embark on a six-game road trip, beginning on Sunday, November 25th as they head south to San Antonio for a 3:30 pm puck drop at AT&T Center. The Stars next home game is scheduled for Friday, December 7th as they host the Houston Aeros for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff. Come to Cedar Park Center for the beginning of Sing For Santa weekend and for Jack Campbell Mini Bobblehead giveaway night presented by Time Warner Cable. Pro-rated full and partial 2012-13 season seat packages are on sale now. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com.