Recently signed goaltender Todd Ford set a Texas Stars record of 7 straight scoreless periods and ultimately earned a 5-2 victory against their division rival Milwaukee Admirals Tuesday night at the Cedar Park Center. The Admirals scored at 18:10 of the second period ending a streak of 158 minutes of scoreless hockey for Ford who stopped 84 shots during the record setting streak.
Though Ford's shutout streak ended, he held the visiting Admirals to just 2 goals on 23 shots lifting the Stars to their 4 straight home victory. Ford is now 3-0-1 since joining the team.
The Stars, back at home after a brief 2 game road trip facing the division leading Admirals needed only 5 minutes and 17 seconds to score their first goal as Stars defenseman Andrew Hutchinson blew a slap shot past Admiral goaltender Chet Pickard during the Stars first power play opportunity. The Admirals, not the best penalty killing team, allowed another power play goal at 15:46 as Aaron Gagnon, standing in the slot, tipped in a shot from the left circle by Ivan Vishnevskiy.
The Stars took a 3-0 lead in the second period as Matthieu Beaudoin flipped a quick pass to Perttu Lindgren parked just outside of the crease who tapped it in for the score.
Milwaukee got their first goal of the night on a power play at 18:01 of the second period. Admirals' defenseman Alexander Sulzer slid a pass to center Colin Wilson sitting in the right circle who was able to wrist it off the pads of Ford for the score.
At 5:29 of the final period the Stars took a 4-1 lead as Sergei Korostin scored from behind the goal line by bouncing a shot off of Milwaukee goaltender Chet Pickard and into the goal.
With just under 5 minutes remaining in the game and down 4-1, the Admirals pulled their goalie. The move paid off when right wing Hugh Jessiman's wrist shot from the slot got past Ford to make it 4-2. But soon after with the Milwaukee goal still empty, Aaron Gagnon scored his second goal of the game making the final score 5-2.
The Stars take the ice once again this weekend taking on the Abbotsford Heat for 2 games on Friday and Saturday nights at the Cedar Park Center.