Stars’ Center Travis Morin Extends Point Streak to Nine Games
MILWAUKEE, WI – For the third straight game the Texas Stars were unable to turn a 2-0 lead into a victory, but they earned a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Milwaukee Admirals Wednesday night at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The potent Texas power play made quick work of its first opportunity of the night. With Milwaukee defenseman Scott Ford in the box for hooking, Colton Sceviour collected a rebound during a scrum in the crease and lifted a backhander over the fallen Admirals goaltender, Marek Mazanec, at 7:01 for his eighth goal of the season. Sceviour’s goal gave the Stars a 1-0 lead and was assisted by Travis Morin and Curtis McKenzie; the assist extended Morin’s AHL-leading point streak to nine games in 2013-14. Texas doubled its lead five minutes later as Brett Ritchie unleashed a fierce wrist shot from the right face off circle that went off the inside of the left post and into the net at 12:28. It was Ritchie’s second goal of the season and was assisted by Mike Hedden and Jyrki Jokipakka.
After a scoreless second period, the Admirals got back into the game just five minutes into the third period. Joonas Rask found defenseman Anthony Bitetto with a centering pass from the right side and Bitetto quickly one-timed the puck over the glove of Texas goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp and into the top left corner of the net. The Stars kept battling and out-shot Milwaukee 13-7 in the third period, but a former Texas forward was a key figure in the tying goal. Mathieu Tousignant sent a behind-the-back pass to the low slot to an on-rushing Austin Watson for a one-timer that found the net at 14:10 and the score was tied at two.
Each team earned a point as the game went to overtime and Texas once again had long spells of possession in the offensive zone, but Mazanec would not be beaten. With just 59.6 seconds left in the extra session the Admirals raced up the ice after finally clearing their own zone. Patrick Cehlin left a drop pass to Charles-Olivier Roussel, who just entered the zone off a line change, and ripped a one-timer on net that Nilstorp stopped with the left pad. However, the rebound was pounced on by Mark Van Guilder and he swept the loose puck around Nilstorp and into the net to win the game for Milwaukee 3-2.
Marek Mazanec finished with 33 saves on 35 shots to record his third win of the season, his second against Texas. Cristopher Nilstorp took the loss in goal for the Stars, stopping 24-of-27 shots. Texas out-shot Milwaukee 35-27 in the game and went 1-for-3 on the power play. The Stars penalty kill was a perfect 3-for-3 against the Admirals power play.
Note: Center Travis Morin, who returned to the lineup after a three-day NHL call-up with Dallas, extended his AHL-leading point streak to nine games with the primary assist on Colton Sceviour’s first period goal. Morin leads the AHL with 19 points (8 goals, 11 assists) so far in the 2013-14 season.
Texas will continue its road trip on Friday, November 1st against the Iowa Wild at 7:05 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. Texas will return home on Friday, November 8th for the beginning of Stars & Stripes Military Appreciation Weekend presented by Sport Clips, facing Milwaukee at 7:00 p.m. at Cedar Park Center. The November 8th game is a $3 Draft Beer & $4 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine Night and is a reusable shopping tote bag giveaway night presented by ABC Home & Commercial Services. Pro-rated full and partial 2013-14 Texas Stars Season Tickets are on sale now. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com.
Photo credit: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Admirals.