Stars top Marlies to force Game 7

The Texas Stars lived to see another day thanks to a 5-2 win over the Toronto Marlies in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Finals, forcing a pivotal Game 7.

The Stars did the bulk of their damage in the second period. After a scoreless first, the club went off for three goals from Curtis McKenzie, Travis Morin, and Austin Fyten.

After the Marlies got on the board early in the third frame with a goal by Calle Rosen, the Stars responded with a shorthanded tally from Sheldon Dries to restore the three-goal lead. Dries marker also saw Garret Sparks, who allowed four goals on 17 shots, replaced by Calvin Pickard.

The teams exchanged goals from Justin Holl and Colin Markison in the final five minutes.

Stars goaltender Mike McKenna was the difference in the end as the 35-year-old turned away 43 of the 45 Marlies shots thrown his way.

Game 7, with the Calder Cup on the line, goes Thursday in Toronto.

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