Richard Bachman stopped 29 of 30 shots against this evening with a little help from his friends. (Credit: Jeff Hanisch/Admirals)
The Stars got the win they needed tonight in Milwaukee. With a 3-1 win at the Bradley Center tonight, the Stars tied up the series at one and got themselves "home ice advantage" as the series heads back to Cedar Park on Tuesday. Richard Bachman had 29 saves on 30 shots and performed like a rock star as the final minutes of the game wound down. Texas killed two near consecutive penalties in that time, not allowing a goal.
Milwaukee jumped out to an early lead after the Stars got into penalty trouble and ended up on the wrong end of a 5-on-3 power play. Teemu Laakso scored to set the score at 1-0 on the power play with assists from Roman Josi and yet another from Gabriel Bourque.
The Stars surged back in the second period with two. Philip Larsen started the rally with a nice low tip on a pass from Travis Morin. The power play goal came at 12:52 of the second and tied the game at one. Three minutes later, the Stars got a bit of a gift from goalie Jeremy Smith. Smith managed to tap the puck into his own net with the skinny part of his stick. Aaron Gagnon got credit for the goal and Brenden Dillon picked up his first AHL point of any time with the first assist on the goal. The Stars outshot the Admirals 14-8 in the second.
Travis Morin extended the lead in the third period with a water-bottle popping roofer. Ray Sawada fed a sweet centering pass to Morin on the right side of the net. The power play goal set Texas at 2/9 in the series, a 29% power play percentage. The series now moves back to the Cedar Park Center on Tuesday at 7:30 PM.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Ludwig, Benn (injured)
Roman, Schultz, Embach (scratched)
Tonight's attendance was 6,819.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Milwaukee - April 16 2011