Stars Top Admirals in Fight Filled Contest

The old joke is “I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.”  Such a comment was no better intended than tonight’s game between the Milwaukee Admirals and the Texas Stars.  A total of 92 penalty minutes were served, which included a rare goaltender fight.  Along the way, the Stars defeated the Admirals, 5-to-3. 

“I liked our focus early.  Things got a little squirrely at the end (with the goaltender fight).  Overall, we knew what we needed to do, and accomplished that,” said Texas Stars head coach Neil Graham.  “Most importantly we came out with two big points in a tight division.” 

Antonio Stranges opened the scoring in the sixth minute of play with the second goal of his rookie season.  It was his first goal on home ice.  Mavrik Bourque gave the Stars a two-goal advantage midway through the period. 

Milwaukee tried to take control of the game with Isaac Ratcliffe’s goal at 1:07 in the middle period.  But the Stars’ Riley Barber took away what ever momentum the Admirals had with a goal 12 seconds later.  Alex Petrovic found the back of the net later in the period, giving Texas a 4-to-1 lead at the second intermission. 

Barber added his second goal of the match 15 minutes into the final frame.  Half a minute later 36 minutes of penalties were called against five players, including game misconducts against goaltenders Yaroslav Askarov and Remi Poirier for fighting. 

Milwaukee’s Devin Cooley took over between the post for Askarov, and Adam Scheel for Remi Poirier. 

The Admirals pummeled Poirier with 11 shots in the final four and one-half minutes.  Cole Schneider and Austin Rueschhoff each found a way past Poirier.  

The two teams meet again tomorrow night.  Graham’s advice to his team will be, “not the time to settle scores.  Time to keep our head and stay level.  Move on.” 

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