Stars Fall to Admirals in Extended ShootoutOct 25, 2019
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, fell to the Central Division rival Milwaukee Admirals 2-1 in the shootout on Friday night in Milwaukee. In a game of stunning goaltending, Joel L’Esperance found the back of the net, but in the shootout’s sixth-round the team came up short.
Milwaukee opened the scoring late in the first as Laurent Dauphin slipped a puck through the legs of Jake Oettinger. The play immediately went under review, but was ultimately ruled as a good goal. Oettinger was excellent throughout the night with the goal being his only blemish on 35 shots.
Texas saw the first chance on the man advantage midway through the second as Matt Donovan took a high sticking minor. With the advantage, Jason Robertson fed a perfect pass to Joel L’Esperance, who was waiting wide open in the left circle. The second-year forward then hammered the game-tying goal into the net. The power play goal was the only one on either side. In total, Texas converted on 1-of-3 advantages while holding off Milwaukee in both shorthanded situations.
The Stars fired six shots on net in the final period, while the Admirals countered with three, but the score remained tied at one after 60 minutes of play. Milwaukee put pressure in the Texas zone during overtime, but Oettinger made a series of impressive saves to force a shootout.
The Admirals sent out Colin Blackwell, who put Milwaukee on top early. Troy Grosenick then stopped Tanner Kero and L’Esperance in the following rounds to hold on to Milwaukee’s advantage. Oettinger responded with saves on Josh Wilkins and Frederick Gaudreau. Jason Robertson then kept Texas in the fight as he put his first career shootout goal behind Grosenick.
The teams then exchanged two more scoreless shootout rounds before Daniel Carr net the ultimate game-winning goal. In an attempt to tie things up, Texas sent out Ben Gleason, but Grosenick made a pad save to win the game for Milwaukee. In the win, Grosenick stopped 28 of Texas’s 29 shots. It was the fourth time the Stars were forced to play in the shootout this year, falling for the second time in those games.
The Texas Stars continue their road trip with a trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday night. They face the Griffins for the third time this season and it is the first of four visits to Van Andel Arena when the puck drops at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2019.
Photo Credit: Milwaukee Admirals
|Game Info||Shots||Goaltenders||3 Stars (Xerox Business Solutions Southwest)|
|Boxscore||TEX: 29||W: Troy Grosenick (MIL)||1: Troy Grosenick (MIL)|
|Photo||MIL: 36||SOL: Jake Oettinger (TEX)||2: Jake Oettinger (TEX)|
|Video||3: Mathieu Olivier (MIL)|