Friday, December 14, 2018

Texas Stars Earn Point But See Win Streak End in Milwaukee

(Credit: Milwaukee Admirals)
[Ed. Note: Denis Gurianov was recalled just before the game.]

The Texas Stars staged a revival of their 2017-18 season in Milwaukee this evening, trailing for most of the contest only to come back in the final period and earn an overtime point. Ultimately, they would fall in the extra frame 3-2 but not before a frantic comeback that saw them score twice in less than two minutes to set the Admirals on their heels.

With the loss, the Stars broke up their winning streak at four but continued a point streak for the fifth straight game. Erik Condra was on the ice for the Stars' second goal of the game but did not pick up a point, ending his personal point streak at 11 games, tied for the franchise record.

Milwaukee opened the scoring on a bad luck play down low. The puck ricocheted off the skates of Adam Mascherin and ended up on the stick of an uncovered Anthony Richard. Richard's ninth of the year came in the second minute of the game, putting Texas down early. In the second period, Frederic Allard added another goal to set the score at 0-2.

The Texas power play had a mess of chances and has a bit less focus on it with the overtime point. However, down 2-0 and with five chances in the game at that point, it was starting to look like a sore spot. Joel L'Esperance made the power play count in the final frame, scoring his 13th of the year. Milwaukee was incensed as they were miffed at the initial penalty call on Brian Cooper, who made head contact with Colin Markison on a clear boarding call.

Justin Dowling completed the comeback with a snipe from the left-wing side off a slick pass from Travis Morin. From there, both teams poured it on. Landon Bow had the best play of the remainder of regulation, sprawling to his right to block a point-blank chance with just over a minute left.

The overtime period wouldn't last long. Just 21 seconds in, Richard collected his second of the game. The Stars were off balance to start the frame as they were unable to get the change they wanted, Ben Gleason coming off for Dillon Heatherington.

Landon Bow stopped 19 of 22 in the loss, his first in two weeks. Texas picks up and heads out to Rockford tomorrow.

Tonight's lines:
Hargrove-Dowling-Mascherin
Caamano-Hintz-Mersch
Morin-L'Esperance-Condra
Laberge-Phelan-Markison

Heatherington-Hansson
Hanna-Gleason
Nyberg-Norrish

Bow

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Scarlett (season-ending ACL injury)
Gurianov, Bayreuther, Hanley, Fedun (recall)
Vala, Point (scratch)

Tonight’s attendance was 9,307.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Milwaukee - December 14 2018

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