ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland — The Texas Stars won their first Calder Cup on Tuesday night, defeating the St. John’s IceCaps, 4-3 in overtime, in Game 5 of the American Hockey League’s championship series at Mile One Centre.
Defenseman Patrik Nemeth, a second-round pick by the Dallas Stars in the 2010 National Hockey League draft, scored the Cup-clinching goal at 14:30 of overtime, giving Texas its third consecutive OT win to finish the series.
The Stars, Dallas’s top development team, won the Cup after also finishing first overall during the regular season. Under second-year head coach Willie Desjardins, Texas went 48-18-3-7 (106 points) in the regular season and eliminated the Oklahoma City Barons (3-0), the Grand Rapids Griffins (4-2) and the Toronto Marlies (4-3) before defeating St. John’s in the Finals. The Stars’ 2014 playoff roster featured nine players who played in the NHL with Dallas this season.
Travis Morin, who was the AHL’s most valuable player and scoring champion during the 2013-14 regular season, captured the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the MVP in the Calder Cup Playoffs after totaling a league-best 22 points in 21 playoff games. Morin led all scorers with seven points in the Finals, including three game-winning goals.
The Stars will hold a free championship rally on Thursday at the Cedar Park Center from 3-5 p.m.