Texas Stars lose Game 3 at home

The Texas Stars had a 3-1 lead in the first period, but Hershey battled back to tie the game in the second and take control in the third for a 6-3 win.

It means Texas now leads the series, 2-1. Game 4 is Wednesday in Austin. Part of the story in the Austin American-Statesman:

CEDAR PARK — The Hershey Bears finally uncaged their offense Monday. Now, the question is this: Can the Texas Stars find a way to pen it back up?

After winning on the road in the first two games of the American Hockey League's Calder Cup Championship finals , Texas let a two-goal lead evaporate into a 6-3 loss, in front of a Cedar Park Center record crowd of 7,014 fans. The Bears finally dialed in the same aggression that helped them lead the league in scoring this year.

Andrew Gordon, Mathieu Perreault and Kyle Wilson each scored twice for Hershey, which rattled off five unanswered goals after falling behind 3-1 in the opening period.

"What I said to the players is that it's better it happened this way than in triple (overtime)," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan, whose team will try to regain its footing at home in Game 4 on Wednesday. "We can take a day's rest so we can get ready for the next one."

In the AHL's 74-year history, only two championship teams have recovered from two games down to start the finals. The Stars don't want to let Hershey become No. 3, but don't plan on overhauling their approach.

Mark Stepneski over at Andrew's Stars Page was at the game and filed his game report. Check it out here.