Texas put up one heck of a fight in the Milwaukee to get back into the game. After allowing an early goal, the Stars clawed back in the third period and won it in OT to get the two points.
The first period was not particularly kind to the Stars. While they only allowed one goal in the period, they allowed 12 Milwaukee shots before getting one of their own. The period ended 13-5 on shots in Milwaukee's favor but Beskorowany kept it from being much worse. The only goal in the period came at the 2:06 mark with Grant Lewis finding twine on from Kelsey Wilson.
The Ads led the way in shots in the second period as well, getting 12 to Texas's 7. Neither the Stars nor the Ads were unable find twine in the period and the game was set at 1-0 after 40 minutes as well.
The Stars absolutely shelled Chet Pickard in the third period, getting 18 shots in the first 11 minutes of the frame. They were rewarded with just under 9 minutes left in the period when Colton Sceviour collected a rebound from a Ray Sawada shot to make it 1-1.
Two minutes later, Texas quieted the crowd again as Chet Pickard mishandled a clearing attempt and Sean Backman collected the poor clear and deposited it in the back of the net for his 5th of the year.
Gabriel Bourque got the crowd back into it with 3:58 to go. Jonathan Blum rocketed a point shot which was tipped in front by Bourque. The goal was scored on what was only Milwaukee's 6th shot of the period, compared to Texas's 19 shots. Texas outshot the Ads in the 3rd 20-10. The game, however, would go to OT.
It only took 17 seconds to get the second standings point for Texas. The Stars jammed the crease early in the OT, and with Greg Rallo occupying Chet Pickard, Travis Morin poked home a rebound. It was Morin's team leading 11th goal of the season.
The Stars definitely needed a short OT period with the short turnaround to tomorrow's matinee game in Grand Rapids. Now they take the long bus trip back from whence they came at 3 AM this morning.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Tr. Ludwig, Roman, Stephenson (scratched)
McCulloch (upper body)
Krahn (lower body)
Bachman, Gagnon, Fortunus (call-up)
Wathier started the game on the LW of the Morin-Rallo line but then shifted to the Vincour-King line after the starting faceoff.
Tonight's attendance was 4,477.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Milwaukee - December 11 2010