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Texas Stars season ends in double OT loss to Milwaukee

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

photo by Scott Paulus

Milwaukee, WI – The Texas Stars (2-4) were defeated by the Milwaukee Admirals (4-2) 3-2 in double overtime of Game 6 in the West Division Semifinal on Monday night in front of 3,339 fans at the Bradley Center. Milwaukee forward Mark Van Guilder ended a 2-2 tie at 10:42 of the second overtime, giving the Admirals the victory and helping them advance to the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. The goal ended the longest game in Stars history at 90:42. Texas center Travis Morin sent the game to overtime, scoring at 7:14 of the third period to tie the game at two goals per side. Milwaukee goalie Jeremy Smith (4-2) stopped 52 shots, including 19 in the two overtimes, preserving the Game 6 win and the series. Texas goalie Richard Bachman (2-4) made 47 saves in the defeat. Stars forward Colton Sceviour also had a goal in the final game of the year. Milwaukee advances to the West Division Final to meet Houston in a best of seven series.

Milwaukee netted the only goal of the first period, scoring at 4:20 of the opening frame. The Admirals crashed the Stars crease and put in their third try, as Mike Bartlett was credited with his first goal of the playoffs after a series of saves by Texas goalie Richard Bachman. Bartlett’s goal was set up by Kelsey Wilson and Andreas Thuresson, giving the Admirals a 1-0 lead.

Texas countered to tie the game in the second period at 4:41. The Stars worked the puck to the Milwaukee net and Jeremy Smith knocked down a Raymond Sawada shot. The rebound was put in by Colton Sceviour for the 1-1 score on the power play. Sceviour’s first goal of the playoffs was also set up by defenseman Dan Spang as the only goal of the middle frame.

The Admirals pushed ahead at 1:22 of the third period, capitalizing off a turnover in the Texas zone. Mike Bartlett found Andreas Thuresson in the high-slot for a one-timer that beat Bachman for the 2-1 Milwaukee lead. The Stars countered with a power-play goal at 7:14 of the final frame. Texas center Travis Morin found a rebound in the Milwaukee crease and lifted a backhander over the glove of Admirals’ goalie Jeremy Smith, tying the game 2-2. Morin’s third goal of the playoffs was set up by Sawada and Ondrej Roman, sending the game to overtime.

After a scoreless first overtime, Milwaukee clinched the series at 10:42, as forward Mark Van Guilder sent a rebound into the Texas net past goalie Richard Bachman for the 3-2 double-overtime victory. Ryan Thang and Brett Palin each had an assist on the series-clinching goal, ending the longest game in Texas history at 90:42 of play. The Stars outshot the Admirals 19-7 in the overtime periods.

West Division Semifinal (best of seven)
Texas and Milwaukee

Game 1: Texas 2 at Milwaukee 5
Game 2: Texas 3 at Milwaukee 1
Game 3: Milwaukee 2 at Texas 3 OT
Game 4: Milwaukee 3 at Texas 2
Game 5: Milwaukee 2 at Texas 1 OT
Game 6: Texas 2 at Milwaukee 3 (2 OT) (MIL wins series 4-2)

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