CEDAR PARK, Texas – Alexandre Giroux scored in overtime and Michal Neuvirth made 35 saves Friday as the Hershey Bears edged the Texas Stars 2-1 to take a 3-2 series lead in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup final.
Stars centre Aaron Gagnon opened the scoring in the first period with a power-play goal at 8:03.
Francois Bouchard levelled the game midway through the second with his fifth of the post-season for the Bears.
Giroux’s winner was his 14th goal of the playoffs.
Texas goalie Matt Climie took the loss despite an impressive 41-save performance on 43 shots.
The series now shifts to Hershey for Game 6 where the Bears will try to close it out on Monday.
Game 7 would be Wednesday in Hershey.