Morin and Sceviour each score twice as Texas hands Milwaukee their first regulation loss of the season
Colton Sceviour and Travis Morin each notched two goals to lead the Texas Stars to a 7-4 win over the Milwaukee Admirals Friday night in front of 4,889 fans at Cedar Park Center.
The Admirals struck first when Joonas Jarvinen’s wrist shot from the point found its way past Josh Robinson. The Stars answered at 6:46 with Jamie Oleksiak blasting a booming slap shot by Milwaukee goalie Magnus Hellberg. Oleksiak’s second goal of the season tied the game at one. The Texas penalty kill unit was tested, but stood strong, successfully killing off a five-on-three power play, and the Stars’ stifling defense held the Admirals to just six shots on the period.
Texas’ special teams came out strong in the second with power play goals from Travis Morin and Colton Sceviour give the Stars a two-goal lead. Morin’s first goal of the night came at 6:10 of the middle frame, just nine seconds into a five-on-three power play, as he took a Curtis McKenzie pass from behind the net as skillfully lifted a backhand shot over the glove of Hellberg to put Texas ahead 2-1. Just 2:01 later, as Milwaukee suffered more penalty trouble, Sceviour scored his 10th goal of the season at 8:11, assisted by Morin and Maxime Fortunus, for a 3-1 lead. Milwaukee’s Mikka Salomaki cut the lead to one at 12:56 with a power play goal, but just 34 seconds later Travis Morin fired a wrist shot from the slot that beat Hellberg five-hole to put Texas back in front by two goals, 4-2.
Filip Forsberg started off the scoring in the third with a blistering one-timer on the power play to put the Admirals within one. Texas bounced back at 7:05 as Brett Ritchie took a pass on a 2-on-0 from Toby Petersen and lifted a backhander top shelf past Hellberg for the eventual game-winner. After Anthony Bitetto tipped-in the Admirals’ third power play goal of the night to cut the Stars lead to 5-4, Colton Sceviour put the game away with a shorthanded goal at 14:05. Sceviour was sent streaking ahead on a breakaway by defenseman Cameron Gaunce and buried a backhander short-side. It was the second shorthanded goal of the season for Texas and it knocked Hellberg out of the game, as he was replaced by backup Scott Darling. Scott Glennie, appearing in his first game of the year, finished the game off with an empty net goal at 19:00, bringing the final score to 7-4.
Josh Robinson recorded his second win of the season in goal for Texas and finished with 24 saves on 28 shots. Magnus Hellberg played the first 54:01 of action in net for Milwaukee and took the loss as he allowed six goals on 39 shots. Scott Darling entered at 14:05 in the third and stopped the only shot he faced in 5:25 of action as he had a no-decision. The Stars out-shot the Admirals 41-28 in the game and went 2-for-5 on the power play. Milwaukee was 3-for-8 with the man-advantage.
The Stars complete their Stars & Stripes Military Appreciation Weekend presented by Sport Clips on Saturday, November 9th as they again face the Milwaukee Admirals for a 7:00 p.m. face off at Cedar Park Center. Saturday’s game is another Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night, a Coke Zero Family Four Pack Night and is the Stars & Stripes t-shirt giveaway presented by Sport Clips. 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.