Friday, November 30, 2018

Landon Bow Strong in Return as Texas Defeats Milwaukee 4-1

(credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
Another three games in three nights has come for the Texas Stars, and they got off to a positive start this time, knocking off the Milwaukee Admirals 4-1. The recently reassigned Landon Bow locked it down between the pipes with 23 saves on 24 shots.

Winger Adam Mascherin continued his recent scoring onslaught with two goals, giving him five in two games and pushing his total to eight on the season. Erik Condra and Joel L'Esperance also provided needed depth scoring with one goal each. Justin Dowling pitched in three helpers, while Travis Morin and Denis Gurianov each had two.

Make no mistake, Bow was the first star of the game. He seemed to be more confident, having recently spent a lengthy road trip with the Dallas Stars and getting spot duty against the high-octane Pittsburgh Penguins. Bow was sassy with his glove and kept rebounds to a bare minimum. The pucks he did deflect off his pads went well away from the slot and high danger areas.

Texas matched up their second ranked power play unit against Milwaukee's second ranked penalty kill with six minutes left in the first period and won. Condra's buried a slick cross-crease feed from Morin to open the scoring.

Both of Mascherin's goals came in the second period. Near the eight minute marker, Gurianov's offering on net went rolling away from the crease but was found by the crashing Mascherin to push the lead to two. Mascherin's second goal with two minutes left in the middle frame was a beauty that featured a sparkling toe drag after a nice find by Dowling.

L'Esperance effectively ended the game nine minutes into the third period when he whacked away at a loose puck, sending the swimming Troy Grosenick on about the fourth attempt for the Stars. Admirals forward Matt Donavan made the game more respectable with three minutes left in regulation with his power play goal, ending Bow's shutout bid.

The Stars continue their road trip tomorrow night against the Grand Rapids Griffins. The puck drops at 6:00 PM CST.

Tonight's lines:
Payne-Dowling-Gurianov
Morin-L'Esperance-Condra
Caamano-Pearce-Mascherin
Hargrove-Phelan-Markison

Heatherington-Hansson
Gleason-Hanna
Vala-Norrish

Bow

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Scarlett (season-ending ACL injury)
Mersch (lower body)
Nyberg, Laberge (scratch)

Tonight’s attendance was 4,005.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Milwaukee - November 30 2018

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