Comeback Effort Falls Short
Nov 9, 2013
An early deficit proved to be too much to overcome for the Milwaukee Admirals as the team lost its second straight game to the Texas Stars, 5-4, Saturday in Cedar Park, TX.
Milwaukee trailed 5-1 with 6:17 to play when they mounted a comeback that fell short.
Zach Budish scored the Admirals second goal with a power play tally at 13:43 of the third period. Budish muscled the pack to the left post from behind the Texas net. His second crack at the puck went in for his first career power play goal. Colton Sissons recorded the assist.
Sissons scored his fifth goal of the season with 4:06 left in regulation. Milwaukee had a nice entry into the offensive zone as Simon Moser kicked the puck off his skate to Filip Forsberg. Forsberg flipped a pass to the right wing for Sissons to bury.
Anthony Bitetto scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season when he buried a rebound of a Sissons shot with 41.6 seconds left. Austin Watson also recorded an assist.
Texas got on the board just three minutes into the first period. Taylor Peters carried the puck toward goalie Scott Darling on a partial breakaway. Peters lost the handle and the puck trickled toward the right corner. Peters retrieved it and passed to the net where Francis Wathier tapped the puck in to give the Stars the lead.
The Admirals tied the game just after a Texas penalty was ending. Filip Forsberg sent a wrist shot off the chest of Stars goalie Allen York. Austin Watson was in the slot and slammed the rebound into the cage as he fell to the ice. The goal, scored at 9:50 of the first period was Watson’s third of the season and was assisted by Forsberg and Miikka Salomaki.
Texas scored three times in the second period to take a 4-1 lead after two periods. First, Curtis McKenzie slid the puck past a poke-checking Darling at 1:20 of the second period.
Mike Hedden deflected a Kevin Connauton shot into the net for a power play goal at 4:09 of the second period to give Texas a 3-1 lead.
The Stars made it 4-1 when Jamie Oleksiak’s shot from the left point found the back of the net at 17:23 of the second.
Toby Petersen scored a breakaway shorthanded goal at 12:42 of the third period as he slid a backhander past Magnus Hellberg. It proved to be the game-winner.
Darling left the game at the start of the third period with a broken skate. He stopped 25 of 29 shots in his first career AHL start. Hellberg stopped seven shots in thed period.
The Admirals conclude the four-game road trip Sunday afternoon at San Antonio. Milwaukee returns to the BMOHBC on Wednesday, November 13th against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Fans can purchase tickets by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or by logging onto www.ticketmaster.com. Groups of 10 or more receive significant discounts off the original ticket price. For more information, or to purchase group tickets, fans can call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.
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