Friday, March 30, 2018

Stars Lose to Admirals 5-3 Due to Woeful Penalty Kill

The Texas Stars couldn't take advantage of a night that saw their power play score three times, losing to the lowly Milwaukee Admirals 5-3. The Admirals also clicked on sixty percent of their power play opportunities, scoring three times to go with their even strength goal and empty netter. Former Star Mark McNeill, who was moved to Milwaukee at the trade deadline, put a goal and an assist on the board against his former club.

(credit: Milwaukee Admirals)
Making his AHL debut on an amateur tryout agreement, power forward Joel L'Esperance recorded two shots on goal for the Stars. Curtis McKenzie drew into the lineup and picked up where he left off, scoring on the power play thirteen minutes into the first period. Travis Morin continued doing what he's done all year: assisting on two of the power play goals to bring his league leading total to 49.

Though the Stars outshot the Admirals by a wide margin, another former Star turned in a solid game with Anders Lindback making 35 saves on 38 shots. Landon Bow did not have a great night, allowing four goals on 21 shots.

After the Admirals answered McKenzie's goal with one from Harry Zolnierczyk on the man advantage three minutes later. The Stars capitalized on their 5-on-3 opportunity near the five minute marker in the second period with a goal from Justin Dowling to put them up 2-1. From there, the Admirals scored three straight goals that proved too much for the Stars to overcome. 

With the three tallies from Frederick Gaudreau, Tyler Gaudet, and McNeill, the Stars faced an uphill climb in the third period. Sheldon Dries scored on the power play eight minutes into the final frame to make things interesting. In the waning minutes of the game, the Stars thought they had the equalizer on a puck that from a certain angle appeared to hit the back of the net. After a lengthy review, the call on the ice stood with no goal being scored. 

The Stars will try to bag some points in the standings against the Chicago Wolves tomorrow night. The puck is set to drop at 7:00 PM CDT. 

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Mangene, O'Brien, Thompson, Paliotta (scratch)
Dickinson, Heatherington, McKenna (call-up)

Tonight's attendance was 5,128.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Milwaukee - March 30 2018

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