Bow Picks Up Second Career Shutout in Stars 1-0 Win in Milwaukee

The Texas Stars kicked off their four-game road trip through the Central on a positive note, eking out a 1-0 win over the Milwaukee Admirals. The victory gives the Stars a 4-0-2 record against the Ads this season. Goaltender Landon Bow was the best player for the Stars in the contest. He recorded 29 saves and notched his second career shutout.
(credit: Milwaukee Admirals)
Rookie forward Joel L’Esperance scored the lone goal in the contest one minute into the first period. Defenseman Dillon Heatherington made a nice stretch pass to spring L’Esperance for the partial breakaway.

The goal gives L’Esperance his 25th of the season, putting him back at the top of the league in goal scoring for the moment. Not bad for a player who has stated he has no idea where the scoring prowess has come from at this level. Grand Rapids winger Chris Terry was held without a goal in his game on Wednesday and slots in at second.

Good news came for the Stars as the captain Justin Dowling was back in the lineup taking draws and making plays. He had been dealing with a lower body injury and was out in the previous game.

Winger Brad McClure was called up from the Steelheads and began the game on the fourth line. In the third period, he was promoted to Dowling’s line while Adam Mascherin replaced him in the bottom six. McClure came close to picking up his first career AHL goal with a wrap-around chance in the third period.

The scoreboard didn’t show it, but the Stars played a good brand of offensive hockey, particularly in the second period. They had a couple of odd-man rushes to test All Star Troy Groesnick and hit the posts twice. In the end, Groesnick had 27 saves and was every bit as good as Bow.

Speaking of Bow, he had to be at the top of his game in the final frame. Searching for the equalizer, the Admirals came out of second intermission and amassed ten quick shots within the span of five minutes. Most of them were solid chances, as the Stars were struggling to clear the zone.

When the Admirals emptied their net with just over a minute left in regulation, Bow stood on his head once again. The save of the game was one on uber-prospect Eeli Tolvanen, who one-timed a puck that found its way across the crease.

The Stars were not able to earn any power play time in the contest and had to kill off two penalties. It was a weird game, but perhaps the Stars proved to themselves that they can win weird.

Continuing their road trip, the Stars head to Manitoba on Saturday night.

Tonight's lines:



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

Tonight’s attendance was 2,234.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Milwaukee - February 6 2019