TEXAS STARS

Stars take 3-0 series lead over IceHogs with OT win in Game 3

Curtis McKenzie scores in overtime for the second straight game as Texas wins seventh straight playoff game

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The Stars beat the Rockford IceHogs 6-5 in overtime to take a 3-0 series lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference Finals and move within one game of a spot in the Calder Cup Finals. 

Curtis Mckenzie scored his second straight overtime winner and fourth game-winning goal of the playoffs when his attempted pass bounced off a Rockford stick and into the net a little more than five minutes into the extra period. 

The Stars have played in 35 overtime games this season, 28 in the regular season and six in the playoffs. They are 5-1 in overtime postseason games and have won seven straight playoff games.

Texas goalie Mike McKenna stopped 34 of 39 shots to win his 10th game of the playoffs. 

Game 4 is set for Thursday at 7 p.m. in Rockford. If necessary, Game 5 is Friday at 7 p.m. in Rockford and Game 6 and Game 7 would begin in Cedar Park on Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m., respectively. 

McKenzie, Justin Dowling and Sheldon Dries all scored in the first period to give the Stars a 3-2 first period lead on Tuesday. Rockford scored twice in the second period to take a 4-3 lead. 

Dries’ second goal of the game midway through the third tied the game and Austin Fyten scored the go-ahead goal with less than five minutes left in the third on his playoff debut, but the IceHogs sent the game to overtime with a goal with less than a minute left in regulation. 

Texas won the first game of the series 4-2 at home on Friday night and followed that up with a 3-2 overtime win at HEB Center on Sunday evening before heading to Rockford for the next three games. 

In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Toronto Marlies hold a 2-0 series lead over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms with the series shifting to Pennsylvania beginning Wednesday night.

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