TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — With a trip to the championship game on the line, the Dallas Stars prospect team couldn’t hold a two-goal lead in the third period of a 5-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
Dallas had taken a 4-2 lead with 15 minutes, 31 seconds remaining in regulation when Brett Pollock scored his third goal of the tournament.
But, Detroit charged back led by Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou.
Soon after Pollock’s goal Robbie Russo countered on a power play blast that was teed up by Larkin, the 15th overall pick in 2014.
Larkin then sprung Athanasiou, who flipped a backhand over Philippe Desrosiers’ right pad with 4:33 remaining.
Two minutes later the Detroit speedster struck again.
This time Athanasiou took advantage of open space and beat Desrosiers one-on-one to clinch Detroit’s trip to the championship game on Tuesday.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) September 15, 2015
Dallas had needed to win in regulation to reach the championship game. Instead the Stars will play in the fifth-place game against the Minnesota Wild.
“Of course, it sucks,” Stars defenseman Julius Honka said. “But, I thought we had a really good effort out there and everybody battled really hard. And, I think this was the best game for us in this tournament … that’s hockey with the puck bouncing like that, and today we lost.”
The teams entered the third period tied at two after Devin Shore and Mattias Janmark scored for Dallas, countering goals by Larkin and Evgeny Svechnikov for Detroit.
Jason Dickinson picked the upper corner early in the third period to give Dallas a 3-2 lead. Janmark then set up Pollock for his third point of the night.
Even with nine combined goals, both goalies made key saves in the contest.
Detroit’s Jake Paterson stopped Radek Faksa and Janmark on breakaways, while Desrosiers turned away a Larkin breakaway and stopped Anthony Mantha on a point-blank chance in the first period.
Notes: Brett Pollock is now tied for the tournament lead in goals with five other players … Radek Faksa was the captain Monday. Devin Shore and Stephen Johns were the alternates … Julius Honka delivered a big hit on Conor McGlynn in the second period. After the game he said it was “all about confidence.” … The past two tournament champions will meet for the 2015 title. Columbus won in 2014, while Detroit won it 2013 … Mattias Janmark will attend Dallas Stars training camp. Even though he isn’t on the official roster Stars general manager Jim Nill said he’d be at camp in Cedar Park.
Jason Dickinson-Mattias Janmark-Brett Pollock
Remi Elie-Devin Shore-Cole Ully
Emil Molin-Radek Faksa-Branden Troock
Chase Witala-Brandon Magee-Mads Eller
Esa Lindell-Stephen Johns
Ludwig Bystrom-Julius Honka
Alex Peters-Aaron Haydon