It took over 4000 miles for the Texas Stars and St. John's IceCaps to make the trip from Austin to Newfoundland so it shouldn't come to surprise that it took more than 60 minutes to decide game 3 of the Calder Cup Final. Of course, in controversial fashion, game 3 ended with the Stars taking the 2-1 victory and going up 2 games to 1 in the championship series.
The first period definitely was as cautious as two teams who traveled over 4000 miles could play. There was no scoring and the period saw the Stars outshoot the IceCaps 12-7. The two teams traded minor penalties in the opening stanza, but it was very back and forth with really no scoring chances to speak of for either team.
The 2nd period began with the Stars killing off a late 1st period tripping penalty, which would be their first of five kills they would be forced to make in the game. IceCaps netminder, Michael Hutchinson continued to stymie the Stars shooters just as he did in his 49-save performance in game two, as through the first two periods, he was asked to make 26 saves, however thanks to a great shot by Brett Ritchie at the 15:54 mark of the 2nd period, Hutchinson was only able to make 25 of the saves, as Texas took their first lead of the game.
The 3rd period saw the St. John's fans and team build on the excitement level from the play of Hutchinson as they outshot Texas heavily (any shot variation in favor of a Stars opponent is considerable), 17-6. It was just over the half way point of the final period when St. John's got a puck past Nilstorp as Kael Mouillierat scored his 3rd goal in as many contests in the Final.
That momentum carried into the overtime period as the IceCaps, fueled by 3 power plays and finally solving Nilstorp in the final half of the 3rd period. St. John's appeared to have ended the contest in the first few minutes as they brought heavy pressure to Nilstorp and the Stars defense who was flat-footed. Nilstorp went to cover the puck on a IceCaps scoring chance when the puck was poked free from underneath his glove and found one of the St. John's forwards wide open in the slot and he sent the puck top shelf into the open net. However, the referee emphatically waived the goal off as he was blowing the whistle on the initial save from Cristopher. Just as St. John's killed off a very weak hooking call on Patrice Cormier, the AHL reigning MVP, Travis Morin tipped a shot from the point past Hutchinson to give the Stars the 2-1 win at the 7:20 mark of the first overtime period.