Kyle Van Wagner came up big, stopping 40 of 43 shots throughout the game. The Long Beach Sharks took the lead late in the third on a goal from Gunther Stange.
Tomas Loeffelman contributed with 3 assists. Ian Gately delivered for his team with 2 goals and Tyson Gudaitis did his part, adding 2 assists.
In the first period, Lindberg opened the scoring for the Sharks with a goal at 3:20 with helpers from his linemates, Loeffelman and Vitolins. Gately answered for New England with a goal at 15:15 with helpers from Arbuckle and Gudaitis. Lempiainen deposited a goal at 19:19 with an assist from fellow Stars forward Menzies.
In the third, Rees answered for the Sharks with a goal at 2:29 with assists from his teammates Vitolins and Taffo. Gately answered for the Stars with a goal at 9:55 with a helper from his linemate Gudaitis. Regala answered for Long Beach with a goal at 12:44 with assists from Loeffelman and Vitolins. Stange netted what turned out to be the game winning goal at 15:33 with helpers from his linemates, Vitolins and Loeffelman.
The Sharks’ victory was in no doubt helped out by Van Wagner’s big night as he stopped 40 of the 43 shots he faced. On the other hand, Van Wagner’s counterpart, Broda, and the Stars’ defense did not have such a great night stopping only 19 of 23 shots.
This win brings the Long Beach Sharks’ record to (41-10-1-1)