TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Sergey Tolchinsky scored early in overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 5-4 victory against the Dallas Stars at the Traverse City Prospects tournament.
Dallas goalie Brent Moran made the initial save with his right pad on Jacob Slavin, but Tolchinsky was able to bury the rebound to complete Carolina’s comeback.
“It was a nice little pass off the pad (by Slavin) and it went right to me,” Tolchinsky said. “So it was a pretty play by him, and it set up something easy for me.”
Led by Tolchinsky — who had two goals and an assist — Carolina erased a two-goal deficit after Dallas had gone ahead 4-2 in the second period.
Brett Pollock had scored back-to-back goals — including a power play tally — before Brett Pesce scored with 58 seconds remaining in the third period to make it 4-3.
That third goal gave Carolina added life, Stars coach Derek Laxdal said.
“The third goal in the end of the second period kind of hurt us a little bit,” Laxdal said. “They didn’t have much going and they got a bit of energy from that.”
Carolina tied the game 4:38 into the period, another goal by Pesce, before the pace slowed down for the remainder of regulation.
With both teams playing their second game in less than 24 hours, the first and second periods where filled with hits, physical play and some general chippiness — much of it started by Carolina’s Carter Sandlak.
In the third period, fatigue started to set in and the game slowed down. But, that didn’t stop Dallas from having a late chance to win the game when Cole Ully hit the post with 11.1 seconds remaining.
It would have been Ully’s second goal of the night after he and Branden Troock scored in the first period. Instead, Dallas went to five minutes of three-on-three overtime where a lost stick by Remi Elie led to the game-winning goal.
“That’s what happens in three-on-three,” Laxdal said. “You lose one man and you get a great scoring chance.”
Moran finished the night with 20 saves on 25 shots, while Callum Booth stop 28 shots in the victory for Carolina.
Notes: Radek Faksa was given the day off Saturday, but will play Monday against Detroit … Detroit won it’s second game 3-2 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Dallas will need a victory Monday to advance to the championship game … Stephen Johns was the captain Saturday, while Jason Dickinson and Devin Shore served as alternates …Texas Stars veteran Greg Rallo was in attendance. He lives in Michigan during the off-season … Laxdal said the team will have an off-day Sunday.
Jason Dickinson-Mattias Janmark-Brett Pollock
Remi Elie-Devin Shore-Cole Ully
Emil Molin-Gemel Smith-Branden Troock
Chase Witala-Brandon Magee-Mads Eller
Esa Lindell-Stephen Johns
Ludwig Bystrom-Julius Honka
Patrick Sanvido-Chris Martenet