Ads Get Away With One; Defeat Stars 4-3 In OT

The Admirals were outshot badly.  They gave up a go-ahead goal from the red line.  They took two delay of game penalties in the third period to give the Stars a 5-on-3 advantage for over a minute.

And they still found a way to win.

In the context of how they played in January of 2012….I think we can call this win an improbable victory.  The Admirals defeated the Texas Stars 4-3 in overtime Tuesday night.

Atte Engren got his second straight start, after netting the win in Houston on Sunday, and he made 37 saves tonight.  He had about a three and a half minute span in the third period that he’d like to have back, as he let a shot from the red line skip by him into the net, and then was called for playing the puck in the restricted area.  But outside of those two plays, it’s tough to argue that Engren was not solid in net.

The Admiral offense?  Dormant early on.  They didn’t get their first shot until there was 7:53 left in the first period.  But it went in.  Mark Van Guilder intercepted a pass in the offensive zone, and then Taylor Beck put it in for his ninth of the year.  This was Van Guilder’s first point of 2012.  The Ads were being outshot 14-0 at that time.

They got their second shot 2:43 later, and found the net again.  Van Guilder had a shot from the slot that beat goaltender Tyler Beskorowany.

In the second period, the Stars were able to tie the game with a power play goal from Colton Sceviour, and a Travis Morin shot that went in off of Jon Blum’s skates (Blum’s first goal since December 17th…har har har).

After two periods, the Stars were outshooting the Admirals 27-9.

In the third period, Sceviour got his second of the game, on that shot from the red line that skipped past Engren.

Then the Engren delay of game penalty.  Then a Ryan Thang delay of game penalty to send the Ads down two men.  They were able to kill off the power plays, with Engren making some key saves.

Thang made up for his Yonking penalty by netting the game-tying goal with a snipe from the left circle that beat Beskorowany short-side over his right shoulder with 5:25 to play in the third.

The game went to overtime, and Chris Mueller was the OT hero again, putting in a rebound with a backhand shot at 3:15 mark of the extra session.

Taylor Beck had his first pro three point game.  Great to see MVG contributing offensively again.  Great to see Thang make the big play late in the third.  And great to see Engren regain his composure after the fluky goal, and give the Admirals a chance to make the comeback.

Same two teams tomorrow night, as the Ads go for THREE in a row.

Check out the recap from 100 Degree Hockey when it is posted.

5 thoughts on “Ads Get Away With One; Defeat Stars 4-3 In OT”

  1. Well, it wasn’t pretty but I loved it. I loved it because our goalie pulled out the win after some shaky play. Some players, young and old, stepped up and contributed offensively. Loved that MVG got on the score sheet and Taylor Beck continues to impress. Loved that our penalty kill came up big on the 5 on 3 at a crucial time in the game. Loved that Thang rebounded from a bone-head play and made THE play of the game to tie it up. And I loved that Chris “clutch” Mueller came up big, again, proving he is becoming a, if not the, leader of this team. If we are gonna crawl out of this hole, we gotta win ugly. Great effort to crawl back and get the 2 points.

  2. In my humble opinion this was Milwaukee’s most important win of the season to date.
    1) This was a win Milwaukee had just about no business picking up, and these kinds of victories can be huge during a slump (or anytime really).
    2) Milwaukee won despite a lot of things including bad goals allowed, stupid penalties and being hopelessly out shot. Overcoming significant obstacles to gain a victory is huge for character building.
    3) Back to back great starts from Engren allows coach Herbers some flexibility with his goaltending (something he really hasn’t had all season).
    4) Texas was struggling (now lost five in a row) as well coming into the game, but could be a team chasing Milwaukee for a playoff spot. Keeping the Stars in their funk can only help during the stretch run.
    5) Chris Mueller stepped up and delivered in overtime, Thang the game tying goal. For Milwaukee to make a stretch run back to the playoffs, their best players need to start being their best players. Great night for MVG as well. All three are key Milwaukee leaders.

  3. When the shots were 15-0 I said to my wife, “Their first will go in.” I didn’t predict that the second would too. As a Stars fan that game encompassed much of what is just driving the fans crazy this year– inconsistency, bad goaltending, giving up late-game goals.

    I would imagine that tonight we’ll see Smith and Raycroft in net.

  4. Bonander — thanks for reading. It’s great to see your name again.

    I can’t imagine how the Stars felt heading into the first intermission. What does the coach say after a period like that?

    We’re feeling a lot of the same frustrations in 2012. Getting the third goal in a game has been a challenge. After the goal Atte let in from the red line, it seemed at the time like it was just going to be another one of “those” nights.

    That was probably the most bizarre game of the season.

  5. It was also good to see Blum score a goal,….. oh wait he scored a goal for them, go figure. What a “Blummer”.Do you think one player can bring a team down? He can’t hold the line, to many pucks skipping over his stick, I guess.Time to pass the hat and get him a one way ticket to Cincy and bring back Aronson. Mabye this move would motivate him.

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