The Sidekicks took heed, allowing Tacoma one power play all night and turning it into a shorthanded goal on a superb give-and-go between Smith and Mike Uremovich. When Tatu slammed home two goals to give Dallas a 4-3 lead in the fourth quarter—and twice performed his postgoal ritual of tossing his jersey into the crowd to the squealing delight of his fans in the pimples-and-braces set—the game looked all but over. But no one told that to the Stars' incomparable Steve Zungul, six times the league's MVP, who was vying for his sixth championship in eight seasons. Taking a pass from Preki with just 40 seconds to play, Zungul calmly deposited the ball in the upper left corner of the Dallas net to tie the game.
After a scoreless first overtime period and 5:30 of the second, the longest game in MTSL playoff history suddenly ended when Karpun took a pass from Uremovich, broke around defender Ralph Black and beat goalkeeper Mike Dowler with a rocket inside the far post. Pandemonium broke out. Jan Rogers and Karpun ran off the field arm in arm.
So the series came down to Game 7—and one last resurrection. In the end, both coaches agreed that Dallas was the team of destiny. "That was meant to be their trophy; it just must have been meant to be," said Stars coach Alan Hinton. Said Jago, "It's been a fairy tale all season long, and as you know, all fairy tales have a happy ending."