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.