DALLAS — For the next six weeks, you’ll see the faces of a lot of high school seniors, including two former players who spent time with the Stars and the Avalanche, as they make their way through the halls of the University of Texas at Arlington.
The Stars are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, but they have a chance to turn things around with their next game in the NCAA Tournament.
After the Stars fell behind 2-0 late in the third period, Connor Hellebuyck scored twice to help lead a 5-3 comeback.
Tyler Seguin scored for the Stars to tie the game at two, but Hellebuck’s first goal of the tournament put the Stars up 3-2 late in regulation.
The victory is the third straight in the last four years for Texas, which won the NCAA tournament in 2013 and ’14.
The teams will play again on Friday in Arlington, Texas.
It’s the first time in the series that the Stars have been in the semifinals since the 2013 NCAA championship game.
The Avalanche were the only other team in the final three games of the series, losing to the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference semifinals.
The last time Colorado lost in the finals was in 2004.
In that series, Hellebrowck scored his fifth goal of this tournament, his fourth game with at least five points.
The 20-year-old was named the game’s most outstanding player.
“He’s a real competitor and a real good player,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.
“I think he’s just going to keep working hard and keep getting better.”
Hellegetck’s goal came after the Avalanche got two power plays in the first period, and Tyler Sequin, a third-round pick (No. 58) in the 2014 NHL Draft, put it on net with 2:34 left in regulation to make it a 5/4 game.
Hellebringck got another one at 3:17 of the second period, after Alex Tuch had a shot blocked on a penalty shot by Colorado goalie Matt Murray.
HelLEBUCHES GOOFY’S FIVE THINGS FOR ANOTHER DAY Hellebuycks first goal tied it 4-4 when Seguinet took a feed from Tyler Season, slid the puck to him and beat Murray.
He then made it 4/3 with the second goal at 4:05 of the third, with a shot off the crossbar from Tyler Eakin that beat Murray with 1:28 left.
Seguine scored again at 7:56 of the first, but it was stopped on the rebound.
He got another goal in the second with a power-play goal.
The goal was his fourth of the season, and his sixth in his career.
It came with 6:56 to play in regulation when HelleBUCHS was able to feed Tyler Seaman on a breakaway, get his stick up to his glove and beat Ryan Carpenter with a backhander.
He scored again with 6 1/2 seconds left in the period.
“That was just a fun way to win, to score and to win in overtime,” Helle buyck said.
He added: “I can’t wait to get back on the ice and get that next one.”
Tyler Seguinit scored his first NHL goal in his fifth game, and the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has three goals and eight points in three games.
He was recalled from the Dallas Stars to start the third quarter.
The first was a power play goal with 11:07 left in a 4/4 victory.
The second was a goal in overtime after Alex Radulov’s shot was blocked in front of goal by Murray.
It was his third goal in three playoff games.
The Avalanche will try to bounce back from a 2-1 deficit to beat the Stars again at the University Center on Friday.
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