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Stars beat Admirals as Ford sets record

Admirals' LW Mark Santorelli chasing the puck into the corner.
Admirals' LW Mark Santorelli chasing the puck into the corner.

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. 


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