Tanner Kero's Two Points Lifts Stars in 3-2 Shootout Win Over Ads

The Texas Stars rebounded from a couple of recent lackluster efforts on Friday, beating the Milwaukee Admirals 3-2 in a shootout. The Stars improved to 6-2 in shootouts and are now 2-1-1-1 against the Central division leaders this season.

Stars veteran forward Tanner Kero had two points in the effort, accounting for all regulation scoring. He picked up his seventh goal of the season when a puck went of his torso on a shot from the point eight and a half minutes into the first period.

Tanner Kero led the way with a goal and primary helper.
(credit: Texas Stars)

Kero’s second point was a primary assist on Oula Palve’s goal less than two minutes into the middle frame. The Stars forced a neutral zone turnover and were off to the races on a 2-on-1 rush pushing the the lead to 2-0.

Landon Bow played an excellent game throughout and was particularly sharp in the first period when he had to make a few diving saves to go with a pad save on a back door tip. The Stars netminder finished with a sterling 34 saves on 36 shots and went 2-for-3 in the shootout.

The Admirals made it a game in the back half of the second period. They junked up the front of the net on the power play, and Michael McCarron cut the lead in half near the thirteen minute marker. A near back-breaker came in the final minute of the period on Tommy Novak’s goal.

The Stars had a chance to finish it off in regulation when they drew a roughing call with 2:22 left in the third period. They failed to enter the zone one time during the full two minutes.

An exciting overtime ensued as the Stars possessed the puck for nearly the full five minutes. Chances from Joel L’Esperance, Anthony Louis, and others didn’t find twine, but the puck possession was strong.

Jason Robertson and L’Esperance both scored in the skills competition to give the Stars the full two points.

Handing the Admirals an overtime point is inconsequential to the Central division standings as Milwaukee has a stranglehold on first place. The important thing was that the Stars came away with the full two points as they look ahead to two critical road contests against the Grand Rapids Griffins tomorrow and Sunday.

Tonight's lines:



Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Cuglietta (scratch)
Mascherin, Caamano (injury)

Tonight’s attendance was 8,701.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Milwaukee - February 7 2020