The Calder Cup dream is over for the St. John’s IceCaps.
Despite a valiant effort that saw them overcome an early 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead, the IceCaps gave up a goal late in the third period before losing a third consecutive overtime time, falling 4-3 to the Texas Stars.
Patrick Nemeth scored the series-clinching goal on a perfect backhand at 14:30 of the first overtime before a stunned crowd of 6,287 at Mile One Centre on Tuesday night, allowing the Stars to claim their first Calder Cup championship in five hard-fought games.
“It didn’t feel like a 4-1 series to us at all,” IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge told reporters after the game. “This one is going to sting. This one is going to hurt for a long time. These are tough to reflect back on. You work so hard and your goal obviously is to win it all. To come up short when you can see the Cup is within your grasp is definitely a tough pill to swallow.”