Friday, November 8, 2013

Texas Sinks Ads With Seven Goal Outburst

Scott Glennie (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Travis Morin and Colton Sceviour headlined the night once again as Texas handed the Milwaukee Admirals their first regulation loss of the season with a 7-4 effort in Cedar Park. Each forward had two goals on the night. Texas had previously dropped two consecutive games with two-goal leads to the Admirals in Wisconsin and were cognizant of that as they approached this game.

"We talked during the week," said Coach Desjardins. "If we have a lead, we have to keep going after it."

After allowing the first goal, Texas went at the Admirals in the back half of the first and opening half of the second period. The Stars scored three unanswered, including two on the power play. Milwaukee got one back before Morin continued his goal scoring ways with his second of the night.

With thoughts of the previous two games against Milwaukee, Texas went to work in the third and managed to get out with the win despite a march to the penalty box.

"You don't forget when you blow leads like that," said Sceviour, referring to the games in Milwaukee. "They were feeling confident going into the third. We had to snuff them out but we didn't. We were fortunate to counteract each of their goals with one of our own. We have to have a better third period."

Milwaukee opened the scoring with a shot that Texas tender Josh Robinson had no chance on. The screened shot went in high from the point and set the score at 1-0. The Stars answered back with Jamie Oleksiak's second of the season, set up by Scott Glennie.

"Petersen came in on the forecheck and made a good check," said Glennie, who was playing in his first game of the season tonight. "I got the puck in the corner, and I threw it to Oleksiak. That was a hell of a shot."

Texas continued their scoring in the second period with a pair of power play goals. Fortune shone on Texas as the Ads found themselves on the wrong side of a 5-on-3. Travis Morin found himself unguarded in front and backhanded a shot past Hellberg to go up 2-1. Colton Sceviour got his first of the night two minutes later on the 5-on-4 power play.

Salomaki and the Admirals would draw within two with a power play goal in the twelfth minute, but the Stars pushed right back. Travis Morin slipped it through the pads of Hellberg to set the score at 4-2.

(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
"Just say go," said Coach Desjardins, in regard to his top line of Morin, Sceviour and rookie Curtis McKenzie. "They've played hard, Nothing just happens. You have to work hard for it and they have.

Texas gave up four power play chances in the final frame, leading to some frenetic moments for fans.

"It's something you can't work on," said Sceviour, regarding the penalties. "You have to know in a game like that to keep your sticks and arms in and don't give them a chance to call that many penalties."

Milwaukee drew within one twice at 4-3 and 5-4, both power play tallies. Brett Ritchie answered for the first, getting the score to 5-3. Colton Sceviour answered for the second on the penalty kill, going to the backhand for his 11th goal of the year.

"I kinda just jumped," said Sceviour. "I wasn't sure where the second D man was, and I just thought I could catch [Hellberg] cheating a bit."

Scott Glennie polished off the scoring with a solid empty net effort, showing some speed to beat out the Milwaukee defenders to the puck and glide the puck into the net.

It was a great reward for Glennie, who has been hampered by injuries and hasn't played in seven weeks. He had a goal and an assist in the contest.

"I've been working out a lot," said Glennie. "Bag skate after games and a lot of the same stuff I have been doing before. It's good to break back into the game and get your hands back. There are some nerves, but it was good to get into the game quick."

Texas finished with a 41-28 shots margin. The Stars face the same Milwaukee Admirals tomorrow night.

Tonight's lines:
McKenzie-Morin-Sceviour
Hedden-Mueller-Glennie
Petersen-Dowling-Ritchie
Wathier-Peters-Stransky

Oleksiak-Connauton
Nemeth-Fortunus
Jokipakka-Gaunce

Robinson

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Smith, Ranford, Wrenn, Labrie (scratch)
Campbell, Nilstorp (injury)

Tonight's attendance was 4,889.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Milwaukee - November 8 2013

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