MILWAUKEE, WI – Taylor Peters scored a shorthanded goal in the first period for his first career professional goal, but the Texas Stars squandered an early 2-0 lead lost to the Milwaukee Admirals 4-2 Saturday night at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Texas opened the scoring with its AHL-leading 11th power play goal of the season. Rookie Curtis McKenzie tipped a Travis Morin shot past Milwaukee goaltender Marek Mazanec at 6:05 for his third goal of the year, assisted by Morin and Maxime Fortunus. Just 87 seconds later it was 2-0 Stars when Taylor Peters scored his first professional goal at 7:32. With Austin Smith in the penalty box serving a hooking minor, Peters intercepted a clearing pass in the high slot of the Admirals zone and found the net on a hard wrist shot that beat Mazanec to the glove side.
The Admirals turned the tables when Colton Sissions sparked a rally with his third goal of the season just 3:25 into the second period. Late in the period Milwaukee tied the game as Mark Van Guilder’s centering feed took a fortuitous redirection off a Texas skate and found Joshua Shalla unmarked on the back post for an open-net tap-in at 15:49. The Admirals struck again a mere 1:13 later on Sissons second goal of the night, tipping in a pass by Taylor Beck from behind the net to make it 3-2 Milwaukee. Shortly after falling behind, Justin Dowling sent rookie Brett Ritchie off on a breakaway, but his bid to tie the game was thwarted by a strong glove save from Mazanec.
The Stars out-shot the Admirals 9-4 in the third period as they gallantly tried to level the score. With 4:45 remaining in regulation Milwaukee iced the game on a counter attack that saw Austin Watson rip a slap shot over the glove of Cristopher Nilstorp from the right circle to give the hosts a 4-2 win.
Rookie Marek Mazanec stopped 26-of-28 shots to record his second career AHL victory in goal for Milwaukee, while Cristopher Nilstorp made 19 saves on 23 shots and took the loss for Texas. The Stars out-shot the Admirals 28-23 in the game and went 1-for-4 on the power play; Milwaukee was 0-for-4 with the man-advantage.