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The Ads took two of two against the Stars in their last homestand. The games didn’t start pretty, both starting with two goal deficits, but the Ads scrapped out the Stars, battled back in both games, and won them both.
Saturday, October 26: Ads 4 – Stars 2.
Wednesday, October 30th: Ads 3 – Stars 2 (OT).
In both games the Stars skated circles around the Ads in the first period. They chipped pucks behind the Admirals’ defense and set up plenty of odd man breaks that required Marek Mazanec to bail out his defense. The Stars penalty kill stood out in the two meetings as well. The Ads went 0-7 against the Stars PK unit and conceded a shorthanded goal in the first meeting to Taylor Peters. The aggressiveness of the Stars PK unit featured very active sticks with forwards on the kill primed to attack the moment the puck was cleared out of the zone. No doubt the Ads looked into footage regarding the Stars penalty kill of these two games ahead of this weekend’s clashes.
Since they last squared off the Stars played two games against the Iowa Wild. They lost the first game, 4-2. Despite picking up the point for taking the Ads to OT, that loss in Iowa was their fourth consecutive defeat. How did they respond the next night? By pummeling the Wild 5-0.
The Stars have been resting up since that game. The Ads have been resting up since their Sunday win over that same Iowa Wild group. It’s going to be interesting to see how both handle the time off as well as how the two match up in this second set of games against one another. Yet, Mr. Evason seems upbeat about what this weekend will bring for the team.
How do you expect this weekend to go? Does the point streak end in Texas? How will Magnus Hellberg fair in his return to the Admirals net? Will Filip Forsberg make an immediate impact as an Admiral?