Game Three of the 2010 Calder Cup Finals changed venues, and for the Hershey Bears' sake, it changed the outcome as well.
The Bears put in a gritty performance to shave a game off of the Texas Stars who now lead this final 2-1, but it wasn't that easy.
Texas jumped out to a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes thanks in part to special teams as Andrew Hutchinson scored on the power play to open the game for the Stars.
Bears Kyle Wilson would add a goal to tie the game briefly before Texas forward Francis Wathier would add a shorthanded goal with teammate Ethan Graham in the box for tripping at 11:15 of the first period.
Bears goalie Michal Neuvirth misplayed the puck right in front of the crease as the Stars were setting up for the breakout on the power play and the loose puck went right to Wathier who made no mistake.
Raymond Sawada added yet another Texas goal with a great feed from Scott McCulloch with just over two minutes remaining in the period.
Stars took the play to the Bears for most of the period.
It would seem the Stars were off and running as Texas out-shot the visitors 11-6 in the opening frame.
Bears coach Mark French had to do something, could he feel the series slipping away?
In any event, he moved the Bears top goal scorer Alexandre Giroux off the No. 1 line with Andrew Gordon and veteran Keith Aucoin and added Chris Bourque.
The result would prove positive as the Bears would jump back in the second period with two goals, first from Kyle Wilson—his second of the game—on the power play from Aucoin and Bourque and the another tally provided by Mathieu Perreault. Alzner and Pinizzotto with the helpers.
Hershey had a 12-9 shots on goal advantage in the second period and out-shot the Stars 20-18 after two periods.
In the third, things continued to be going the Bears way. The Hershey squad would create traffic in front of Stars goalie Matt Climie and continue to create turnovers in the Stars end.
Andrew Gordon had a pair of goals that would bookend Mathieu Perreault's second goal of the game to give the Bears a 6-3 come-from-behind win at Cedar Park Arena in Austin, Texas.
Both teams powerplay's continue to struggle as Texas was 1-7 and Hershey 1-5 with the man advantage.
Final shots on goal were Texas 30, Hershey 29.
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Starsd efenseman Andrew Hutchinson left the game in the third period after colliding with Bears forward Steve Pinizzotto. Hutchinson did not return for the remainder of the game.
Bears coach rewarded for line-juggling; Andrew Gordon had two third-period goals while line mates Keith Aucoin and Chris Bourque both had two assists to lead the Bears to a Game Three victory.