Oettinger's Strong Game Spoiled in Stars 2-1 Shootout Loss in Milwaukee

In the first of eight regular season matchups against the Milwaukee Admirals, the Texas Stars couldn’t find the game winning goal falling in a 2-1 shootout decision. Rookie goaltender Jake Oettinger turned in a strong performance with 34 saves on 35 shots though he was beaten twice in a six round shootout competition.

Oettinger’s only real blemish, if you can call it that, came with about four minutes left in the opening period. With traffic in front of the net, he couldn’t quite pin the puck with his glove and Milwaukee forward Laurent Dauphin poked it through the five hole. The Stars bench was incensed, pleading their case that the puck was frozen to no avail.

At the end of the period, Stars captain Dillon Heatherington would drop the gloves with Mathieu Olivier in an effort to answer Milwaukee’s chippiness and energize his team.

Heatherington drops the gloves with Olivier.
(credit: Milwaukee Admirals)

The Stars earned two power plays in the middle frame and cashed in on their first halfway through the period and improving their poor conversion rate to 10.3%. After a beautiful zone entry, Jason Robertson made the right play in front of the net, finding Joel L’Esperance for the easy one timer. It was a notable play because Robertson could’ve easily flung the puck into Troy Grosenick, who was ready for it, and no one would’ve thought twice. Kudos to Robertson for the vision he showed.

One point of emphasis for the Stars heading into the contest was to cut down on penalties, and they checked that box by only taking three. One came with five minutes left in regulation, and their penalty kill unit rose to the occasion.

After withstanding the Admirals attack in the overtime frame, Robertson was the lone scorer for the Stars in the shootout. Colin Blackwell and Daniel Carr scored for the Ads to salt away the victory, something that has eluded them in extended play as of late.

The Stars head to Grand Rapids to take on the Griffins on Saturday at 6:00 PM CDT.

Tonight's lines:



Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Bleackley, Cugglieta, MacKay (scratch)
Melnick (injured)
Hanley (call-up)

Tonight’s attendance was 3,262.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Milwaukee - October 25 2019